I played a year back and there was some kind of xp bonus going on that lasted forever , so I got to level 50 quickly...
.... and then I couldn't play. Everything trounced my T4 ships and there wasn't much I could do about it.
So I"m wondering, do you have to buy T6 ships to get past that hump ? Am I just a terrible player ? 'Cause I went into a random star system and picked on a single mob, (a romulan) and it pretty much one or two shotted me even though it was my level.
And if it is a requirement ...why don't htey just post that you need to eventually buy one ? The surprise requirement is a really nasty thing to stumble over.