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

Date/Time Issued: May 01, 2018 0640Z

Product(s) or Data Impacted: SARSAT alert data

Date/Time of Initial Impact: May 01, 2018 0444Z

Date/Time of Expected End: May 01, 2018 0558Z

Length of Outage: 1 hour and 14 minutes

Details/Specifics of Change:Maryland1GEO Ground Station in Suitland, MD stopped sending 406 MHz alert data at 0444Z. The LUT Vendor found that Maryland 1 accepted a cold reboot command, but did not process due to a communication issue. Maryland 1 was manually restarted and returned to Normal Operation at 0558Z. All missing alert data was recovered.

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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