Steve needs to do a number of things to improve his situation. He needs a Space Dock on Mecatol Rex and quite a few ships there to meet one of his Secret Objectives. He also has that Experimental Battlestation which could give him a 1-time advantage if he builds on Mecatol Rex.
Steve activates Mecatol Rex.
He then spends 4 Trade Goods and builds a new Space Dock in his activated system.
Nicholas is next.