EVEN MORE SPOILERS
The Imperial Cutter in the first shot was another player. We both waited for a large pad to land on, but kept getting denied. I could see a large pad lit up as if assigned to someone who never came. We decided to switch modes, I went to Solo and was able to dock. Unloaded grateful passengers.
10/10 will rescue again
Also the heat inside the station damaged my ship, cargo hatch malfunctioned, dumped water and grain canisters all over the place, and I was fined for it! Still managed to sell half of them at the megaship for the relief effort.