AFU has to wait, but it is still alive. I just recently updated some of the "older" footage with a new high-res Enterprise (as used in the Horst III establishing shot) and new other ship meshes and most prominently new illumination. This way it feels and looks less CGI and more like a physical model. You probably won't notice much of a difference (though my computers do... rendering takes much longer) but the mest is much better for close up shots, which will be required in the battle scenes. Here a shot to show you how it looks like:
Complete render series with motion, scene and object motion blur (actual movie shot)
Beautiful! Keep the updates coming, and best of luck on your schooling and dissertation.