Your ship can hold a number of crew members, but if your last crew member is lost, the game ends.
Crew members can gain experience in six skills through gameplay.
15xp per level, gain XP by dodging enemy fire.
15xp per level, gain XP by dodging astroids, or enemy fire from ships and drones.
10/20/29% faster recharge
55xp per level, gain XP by bringing shields back online after receiving damage (turning them off and on again won't work).
10/14/19% faster charge
65xp per level, gain XP by hitting an enemy ship (or shields).
Increases repair speed when mastered
18xp per level, gain XP by repairing each damage-stage of a subsystem
Increases combat damage when mastered
8xp per level, gain XP by landing the killing blow on an enemy unit and each stage of damage inflicted upon an enemy ship subsystem