I assume we are going to take part in Operation Pitchfork.
It is an effort to retake the lost human planets from the Vanduul near the end of the beta. From what I hear, a large number of players are all going to be rushing Vanduul space. This even has CIG's blessing. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K--rWx8cdA&noredirect=1). Even if we dont fight, the large number of battles would present a massive salvage oppertunity. (assuming progress doesnt get wipped after beta ends)