. There have always been periods when development was slow, but so far it has always picked up speed again after a while. Also, if you take a glance at the changes to SVN you will see that it has been only two weeks that a variety of changes have been committed.
Of course more developers and continuous development would be desirable; but everyone here is working on the project in his spare time and it's hard to find people who contribute actual game content. It'd be great if we could find more people to work on the project, of course...
Concerning the activity of brainstorming/story: the thing is that at this moment those topics don't matter much. We have to tackle space combat; that's our primary goal now.