I seem to recall you posting about how disappointing it was that the developers of FTL seemed more interested in selling merchandise than making a better game. Anyway, seems like there may just be something here that might be for you. A free expansion, which can be disabled before starting a new game if one should so desire, was certainly a pleasant surprise for me.
No free-explore mode? Lame.
But the port to the iPad is interesting. I think that would be a good fit for it.