Yes, it is. It's delayed real time, to account for different timezones with regards to combat and stuff (so you don't go to bed one day and wake up dead).
To get off planet you'll need a ship. Probably the easiest way to get access to one is to join a faction, which will also help you get started in the game, get to know people, and most also pay some kind of salary.
"May the Grace of Ara go with you, and His Vengeance be wrought upon your enemies."