Also, what's the difference between elite and non elite. Sorry for stupid question. Am a new player.
First of all, welcome! It's great to have new players stop by. According to the Trese Bros an update is in the works, but it requires a significant time investment due to various issues. See post below.
Elite is the paid version. According to the app store description:
"Upgrade and experience the Elite edition! You can copy all your captains to the paid edition! Elite includes more than 200 new planets, more than 2,000 new sectors in the massive galaxy, over 400 new ships, twice as many rumors and officers, and more unique art."
The regular version is very playable, but the elite offers a lot more variety and is much bigger. Hope you are enjoying the game and feel free to ask any other questions you might have!