It’s well-known that our current spawn and tutorial is quite lacking indeed, causing (based on statistics) about 60-70% of players to not get so far as to pilot a ship. From there an even smaller portion sticks around, under 10% of all new players stay for any significant amount of time.
In addition to making an interactive tutorial, the spawn could be better. I was thinking perhaps there could be one spawn in every system, on planets. Additionally, they could have shuttles going between them so players could join their friends. But initially, they start at a random one.