NO!!! DON'T TAKE OUT THE AVENGER BEFORE IT DOCKS!!! there's a bug that'll never cause the mission to finish if you do. Let the Avenger dock, then escort the E-Pod to the Mercury, and then to the Independance.
This is the Mercury mission, right?
Why is it that whenever someone says SOL I am always in trouble... whether it be Standards of Learning or (the other version). I'm always screwed.