I'm at Vega Colony. It says pick up a phaser rifle and get a kit from the Ensign. I picked up the phaser rifle, but accidentally discarded it while trying to equip it. I talked to the Ensign to get a kit, she didn't give me anything. My quest list still says to get a phaser rifle and a kit, but the phaser rifle has vanished and the Ensign won't speak to me anymore. What should I do?
Try to restart the mission if you can. Reset the game, try to report it as a bug if nothing seems to be working. I had similar issues with other missions down the road, it can get really annoying after nearly completing a mission then being stopped by something like that, but it is a beta so it is to be expected.
There've been big problems with this mission. I couldn't get the damned rifle for about an hour and I was surrounded by hundreds of people hitting the f key on one of the crates with the same frustration lol. Just a bit of a buggy mission at the moment methinks.
The bug you have seems to stem from the ease with which you can lose the rifle through the UI. I've read this once or twice on other posts but I didn't have that problem myself. Aborting seems to be your only option...