1:55pm EST, 2/27/14
We have spacecraft separation! The GPM Core Observatory is flying on its own in orbit. The bolts holding it to the second stage sucessfully severed and the second stage has separated. The GPM spacecraft is flying on battery power until its two solar arrays deploy shortly.
1:52pm EST, 2/27/14
The nosecone fairing that protected the GPM Core Observatory through the atmosphere has safely separated and fallen away.
1:47pm EST, 2/27/14