You could farm empire rep easy for the Imperial Cutter. Bring a big ship, buy your 3-4-5-6 Economic Cabins in the Rescue ship and some heatsink, and save those people.
We don't know the perpetrator yet, maybe the NMRA or Thargoid (Aegis/salvation don't report anything), or Jupiter Wrath (hit by the Federal FIA agents yesterday, but is very rare to attack the Empire instead Fed space).
You could collect the scrap flying inside the station, and pick mission in the Rescue Ship for extra Rep++. Use