No one's talking fleet commander or anything like that, just captain of a ship. (Besides, with my fleet, I'm the commander. ) I always assume the pilot is the captain. Doesn't have to be that way, but I have a feeling that more times then not, the crew, if there is any, will be NPC just to get the ship efficiency up while not sacrificing the number of ships fielded for any particular operation or venture unless everyone agrees, there's only a need for one or two ships and everyone can and wants to be on them. Using the Orion to mine asteroids near Terra early game for example, get a crew of 4 (or 5 if I can get my hands on the refinery module), Terra's space is pretty safe, so no need for an escort, Terra is close by, so no need for transport ships, operating costs are greatly reduced so there's no need to screw around looking for the "big score". Will probably be like that early on when the need for money is high and maximum efficiency is required, but once people start to break out and go exploring, and get better at doing things, I really don't see everyone packing it in on one ship unless there is some combat operation where the ship is being used for boarding.
More then likely, as the PU matures, it'll have to be something like taking the Orion out to do some mining, having the Starfarer and Caterpillar along to transport goods (since the good spots won't be close to populated space), a Merchantman to sell the really valuable minerals to other players who'd be easier to beat in a price negotiation as they roam around in other systems, and having any number of the more combat oriented ships just out and about making sure no one comes too close to any part of the operation. But I'd have to have a group of 10 or more people who can all be on at the same time (some weekend perhaps) who just want to do some good old fashioned credit earning and a good mineral rich asteroid to pick apart and a buyer or several that really wants what we find and are willing to pay good credits for it.
For all I know, since we really haven't talked about it, Bison might just want to take the 890 Jump and go drive groups of people around earning credits luxuriously and site seeing at the same time. *shrug*
I'll probably have to start up an Org before any of that... Anyone got any good names or corporate logos they're willing to give up?