This is both a app bug and 'marketing/sales' bug...
Bit disappointed. Was playing the free version for a while. Thought it was worth upgrading and paying to support the developers.
However just refunded as pointless to have to start again. Elite is just a whole new file, rather than an actual upgrade. So not sure what the point of that is.
I see the Android store page says you can copy captains, but I looked at every option before refunding and saw no way to do that. But it shouldn't even be the need to copy. When upgrading, this should just be a part of it. Why make users who have enough faith to pay, jump through hoops?
While I'm here, is Frontiers a better option at this point? If I need to start again, might as well be a new, potentially better game.