Newsletter #45 has announced the date for the launch of Beta 3; Tuesday, October 28th.
- Multiple ship ownership
- Fuel scooping [not quite confirmed, but heavy hints given]
Combining the introduction of mining, (which will require a mining laser module and an extraction module), with fuel scooping, a new approach to exploration will emerge. First, use your fuel scoop to grab free fuel from the atmosphere of stars (and gas giants/nebulae?) to get out beyond inhabited and well-mapped systems. Use scanners to locate asteroid belts and rings and then start mining, (which may or may not require a return to refit or swap ships accordingly). If you find a rich seam of mineral resources, it may well be in your interest to not sell the exploration data before you have maximized the benefits of your find!
This also raises the possibility of a further expansion of navigable space, since the current area does not include that many, if any, systems that cannot be reached without a fuel scoop, (obviously depending on the ship and loadout you are flying).
Frontier seem to be pushing development on at a rapid pace these days, so keep an eye on this site for further updates.