I have to admit I'm slightly more indifferent towards all the tech-talk surrounding this mysterious assignment. I do however appreciate the work you put into it which helps to lend the story a feel of authenticity (as much as that's possible for pseudo-science)
It's the characters and the overall concept that has me hooked here. It is a great bunch of people you have brought together here and I'm fascinated to learn more about them as well as to find out the truth behind this mission.
I also like the setting. These guys appear to be stuck in a very cramped space for a while ... problems are guaranteed. And problems make for great drama ...
Looking forward to much more of this.