I've played all of the Star Control games over the years and here is my feedback on the Fleet & Ship Design Beta.
1. So, when I was in my 20's the fleet battles were no big deal; now that I'm <cough> a little older it would be nice if you could slow down the pace of the battles.
2. The zoom on the ships is a little off, maybe an option to 'not' auto-zoom?
3. I read on the forums that the idea of implementing an AI (again like from SC2) in the finished game is on the table; I support this idea. I'm much more interested in the game/exploration/interaction than combat.
1. More parts of course!
2. It would be nice if you would categorize the parts. i.e. hulls, engines, etc.
3. Maybe sub-categorize the categorizes with a particular race?
4. Finally, a 'reset' button would be fantastic on the pieces you modify by X, Y, and Z. For example, if you tweak a piece and it's been modified, give it an reset option that puts all the values back to 0.
Keep up the great work!