As with the docking of the Dragon three weeks ago, the operation for unberthing is running ahead of schedule. The CBM bolts were all released and Dragon separated at 4:20 AM Phoenix time (1120 UTC).
The CRS1 Dragon is scheduled to be released at 6:26 AM Phoenix time (1326 UTC) Sunday morning, 28 October and return to Earth with its cargo from the International Space Station. Splashdown will be off the coast of California at about 12:20 PM Phoenix time (1920 UTC).
NASA Television will provide live coverage of the release and departure of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station on Sunday, 28 October. Coverage will begin at 4 AM Phoenix time (1100 UTC) and conclude approximately three hours later after Dragon has left the vicinity of the orbiting laboratory.
Dragon Operations Schedule for Sunday (all times UTC and subject to change):
Yesterday, the final pieces of trash and equipment were stowed and Dragon was closed in preparation for today’s return to Earth.
Dragon Being Loaded Yesterday and Prepared for Closure Image Credit: NASA TV
Dragon is on the Canadarm (SSRMS) about 30 feet from the ISS and prepared for release at 6:26 AM Phoenix time (1326 UTC).
Dragon Ready for Release Image Credit: NASA TV