While I don’t presume to speak for LUMEN, I can answer most of your questions, as I was present for the entire event.
Project Solace is a stone’s throw away from the Tebu Amkhiman. We were aware that the reported incident at the facility was more dire than Carregan was letting on, and included a viral menace that required a quarantine aboard the station. As you can see in the posts just above this one, LUMEN had prepared quarantine bases and placed them around the Project Solace facility.
Viavant received word of a possible attempt at escape at 0100 on 6 January. From the Tebu, I observed that around that time, a cargo container appeared in space near the facility. Shortly afterward, an Iteron undocked from the facility and collected the cargo container. The Iteron was quickly intercepted by a member of the Oniseki-Raata Internal Watch (part of I-RED), who maintained that the ship had been stolen. The ship was also fired upon by Drake Arson. A handful of LUMEN pilots engaged his ship in hopes of stopping the destruction of the Iteron.
All parties were in communication via the Tanoo local fluid router during the episode and well after it. I-RED’s security officer maintained that he was only enforcing a contract to provide security services for the facility. His involvement ultimately led to the deaths of most of the refugees. Only five of them survived, and their whereabouts are unknown.
LUMEN did, however, retrieve data regarding the nature of Project Solace. That is what they’re in the process of decoding. At this time I can confirm the presence of the Kyonoke virus aboard the Project Solace facility. It appears to have been weaponized in tandem with something else, and that process was likely the source of the earlier reported explosion.
In case a reminder is needed, this entire process is happening in orbit of a heavily populated planet at the heart of the Ammatar Mandate, Tanoo II. Beyond the lives that were endangered aboard that station as well as the Tebu Amkhiman by proximity, the facility is a clear and present danger to the planet’s population. It must be removed, safely and immediately.