Topic:SARSAT Outage/Anomaly: Maryland1Geostationary (GEO) Ground Station Offline

Date/Time Issued: March 28, 2018 0200Z

Product(s) or Data Impacted: SARSAT alert data

Date/Time of Initial Impact: March 28, 2018 0004Z

Date/Time of Expected End: March 28, 2018 0050Z

Length of Outage: 46 minutes

Details/Specifics of Change:Maryland1GEO Ground Station in Suitland, MD stopped sending 406 MHz alert data on March 28, 2018 at 0004Z. The LUT Vendor found that Windows failed to start on the Signal Processor (SP) server when the USMCC controller sent a cold reboot command. The SP server was power cycled via the Integrated Lights Out remote server and Maryland 1 returned to Normal Operation at 0050Z.

Impact:Minor-There is no impact on distress alert detection/reporting timeliness due to the redundancy of the SARSAT GEOLUT system.

Contact Information for Further Information:USMCC Operationsusmcc@noaa.govat301-817-4576

Web Site(s) for applicable information: N/A

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