I always thought that life around a red dawn is not possible, because the rotation is synchronized to the planets orbit insite the habitable zone. But now I read that computer simulations have shown, that if the planet has an atmothphere which is dence enogh, fluit water is even possible on both sites of the planet (depending of the dence of the atmothpher), so even life may be possible on such a planet…
However, it's very early for such speculations, but who knows...
For more information regarding "HABITABILITY OF PLANETS AROUND RED DWARF STARS" see this: http://www.as.utexas.edu/astronomy/education/spring02/scalo/heath.pdf
Yes, there was.
Not counting the first, primordial Elite, the scenario is absolutely consistent trough Frontier Elite 2 and Frontier First Encounters.
Elite Dangerous has modified many things.