Thinking on it some more, I believe this wasn't what was originally planned, but with the latest update having launched as poorly as it had, they're probably buying time until they can get fixes in this week. "Sorry Commanders, we have to postpone the first Interstellar Initiative until we fix the current mess" wouldn't exactly have gone over well either.Wow - you've done some kinda lame things in the past FD but launching your big new Interstellar Initiatives with this, a forum vote on 5 practically identical sequences of number and letters? What the hell are you guys smoking over there that you thought this was even remotely a good idea or interesting thing to do?
To be fair, some good events marred by major bugs would be a bad start to the whole thing as well. Hopefully, this was a lesson learned for Frontier: next time, do an open beta.