Good to see another fan
This version is sticking around, and you can find players on it occasionally. The source code of the game is also available, which means you or anyone else, can play around and improve things. This clone was coded up pretty quickly but most all of the features are there. I haven't worked on it since version 00019, but I believe the only remaining things would be the Black Rose tech, laz tract, and some miscellaneous small things.
As for the future plans, I have been trying to get more players into the game, but I find that a lot of new players do not understand how to play properly even with the tutorial. It is a very niche game and the svga style graphics are not as appealing to the current generation of gamers. I am not sure about the future of the development of the game either, even though mostly everything is functional there are a lot of refinements that can be made, I haven't really had the desire to work on it lately.