Making space games is a moot point these days because the holy triumvirate of space games already exists: EVE Online, Sins of a Solar Empire, and Imperium Galactica.
"I prefer a sane world where you are rewarded by providing people with something they want. Not arbitrarily rewarded in a status game that reminds me of chimpanzees." - nazgulnarsil
Here I am with my empire
Iíll bring you to your knees
Ebb and flow with my desire
Cause its all that youíve been taught to be
Those are not a substitute for this game. Two of those are strategy games, and eve online doesn't rely on your own dexterity, but is just indirectly controlling it. This is a Space sim, you actually fly your own ship. Plus it will also have a free online mode.
That is rendered in the actual gameplay engine.