I apologize again for the lack of updates in a while. My work has been busy with getting our next big patch ready, it has sapped my motivation for coding. So when I get home, I had no desire to touch coding, but rather, playing Minecraft to relieve stress.
But now, things are winding down, and I'm getting back on track with development. I've implemented most of the equipment selection functionality and UI. Right now you can select anything except for weapons and specials. After weapons and specials are done, I will need to implement design confirmation and UI handling when you already have 6 existing designs, then the ship design feature is done! Here's a screenshot of the equipment selection in action (cost is the actual cost, factoring in the number of engines required to power it):