I did some poking around on these guys over the weekend to see who they were and posted it up on my site (not a blatant plug). They actually may be able to pull of a ST:O game. Sims had some great tech, and Earth and Beyond was a decent engine. If they go with a Realm Vs. Realm scenario like DAoC set during ST:TOS where 3 factions (ala Earth and Beyond but with the Federation, Klingons and Romulans) can PvP in the Neutral zones it could be pretty good.
For Starships, no everyone will not command Enterprise (I forget what they were classifed in TOS) class ships, but it could be made that players can control large fleet ships. Instead of player owned and operated cities, they replace it with Ships.
The USS Q2Three could be a guild operated class Frigate as part of the federation. Players working within their fation build up points or credits to become part of the federation, then by doing away missions eventually earn their way to command of a ship.
No different than Shadowbane cities, or SWG PA cities.
Just my rambling thoughts on it.