Does the Morning Star seem poorly outfitted as a starter ship to anyone else? As the ship that is given free in both Starter packs, it seems to be asking the new inexperienced player to perform a strategy that is hard to do without team work and coordination. Even harder to do now with 8 enemies as closing to use your weapons just gets you focused fired.
I'd suggest giving it at least one weapon that has some reach, maybe some Vulture missiles instead of the Tractor beam, which does not even work well with terrain blocking. Missiles would be easier for new players, and they look pretty cool firing. Really that's what you want, new player to be impressed and have a cool easy to use ability.