Update #1: The Vendor restarted the LUT after finding that a communications problem existed and Maryland 2 GEO Ground Station returned to Normal Operations.

Topic: SARSAT Maryland 2 Geostationary (GEO) Ground Station Offline

Date/Time Issued:August 29, 2018 1040Z

Product(s) or Data Impacted: SARSAT alert data

Date/Time of Initial Impact: August 29, 2018 0740Z

Date/Time of Expected End: August 29, 2018 0955Z

Length of Outage: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Details/Specifics of Change: Maryland 2 GEO (LEO) Ground Station Offline in Suitland, MD stopped sending 406 MHz alert data on August 29, 2018 at 0740z. The LUT Vendor is investigating the problem.

Impact:Minor-Dual satellite tracking capability lost. Distress alert detection/reporting may be delayed.

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

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