Some interesting news at the Elite Expo the other day. They are going to introduce 'Squadrons' which for all intents and purposes are Guilds, and allows Squadrons to purchase Fleet Carriers, at which you can dock, repair, refuel, rearm and respawn. That makes it possible for Conclave to become an actual entity in Elite, and have a mobile base of operations.
You can see what they said about it here.
In addition, if you are an Explorer, you may be interested to hear that Distant Worlds 2 is now being planned for. It's due to hit in about a year, and the details can be found here.
Personally I'm very interested in both these developments