Station, SpaceX Managers Set Dragon Release For Sunday Afternoon

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is pictured attached to the International Space Station's Harmony module
The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is pictured attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module as the orbital complex flew 258 miles above the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of South Africa.

To take advantage of calmer sea states in a different location in the Pacific Ocean, SpaceX and the International Space Station Program agreed to move the departure of the SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon cargo craft from the station from early Sunday morning to late Sunday afternoon, setting up the first night splashdown and recovery of a Dragon vehicle.

Dragon’s hatch will be closed Sunday morning, and the spacecraft will be detached from the Harmony module around 3 p.m. EST Sunday.

Ground controllers will now release Dragon from the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. NASA TV coverage of the operation without commentary will begin at 6:15 p.m. NASA Flight Engineer Anne McClain will monitor the release from the station’s cupola.

Dragon’s deorbit burn to begin its descent back to Earth is now scheduled at approximately 11:19 p.m. with splashdown scheduled at around 12:10 a.m. Monday (9:10 p.m. Pacific time) just west of Baja California.

11 thoughts on “Station, SpaceX Managers Set Dragon Release For Sunday Afternoon”

  1. PLEASE, for other people around the world that does NOT understand American Time Zones, PLEASE use UT/GMT as well.
    It is extremely irritating, and one reason, I rarely visit your site.

    1. I agree, it would be really helpful to post local time as well as GMT/UTC time. There are a lot of people following such events in other parts of the world.

    2. Google can convert EST (or any other time) to another time in about 10 seconds. Here is a result, and it is a lot easier than writing an article with every single time zone included.


      9:00 AM Sunday, Eastern Time (ET) is
      2:00 PM Sunday, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

  2. when showing earth views, put a small earth tracking space stationorbital path , up in the corner where you now have the title “earth views from space station”, then you could tell what part of the earth the station is above.

  3. Watching “Earthviews” is amazing! I always wonder where the station is relative to the earth’s surface. Can you help us know what we are above? The night views of earth are awesome!

  4. Would it be a good idea for the Dragon supply vehicle to leave its solar panels at the space station for its use rather than burning up on re-entry? Seems an awful waste of resource.

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