It's not supposed to be a MMO, more of a single player with some MMO elements - meaning you'll be able to have friends join you as wingmen in some missions, possibly trade with them, etc. I don't think they were aiming for a full MMO experience. At least I hope they weren't.
As I feared, the collected money figure is starting to increase at a slower rate. There's also only about 10,000 space sim fans that actually pledged, which isn't a number that's going to convince the suits they were wrong, when they can sell something like Modern Warfare 3 in 1.5 million copies on the first night it's out. The fact the collected money is close to $1 million is more of a testament to the hardcore nature of space sim fans who are, in a large part, willing to donate quite a bit of money to play what Roberts is promising. But I'm afraid 10,000 gamers isn't a figure that proves us right. Since they have well over three weeks of crowd funding left, they should start exploring every venue of marketing to bring in more people. And do something about that.. erm.. "oldshool" (trying to find a polite way of saying it) website.