Review - First of all, excellent writing. You have a distinct 'voice' as a writer. Sounds like you've done your research.
It's interesting, I would love to read this story. I'm a science fiction fan.
My suggestion is to start a Prologue with the ship. Then open the story with Darma walking into the meeting. Just how I see it. Otherwise, good start. Let me know when you get this written. I would love to read it. Robynn