ah, thanks for posting guys, I only saw this thread today. Just took a look at the kickstarter with a view of giving something.
edit: the kickstarter is only up for 60days! with 53 still to do - they have raised half of the money already!
btw, Frontier has 100 billion stars out of the 400 billion in the actual milky way. The figure is 100,000,000,000,000 - which is a lot of zeros (all formed using a simple mathematical algorithm of course).
@ Electroblaster - yeah, those FPS all get to be very similar after a while. With Elite I actually learned some astronomy!