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

Date/Time Issued: April 03, 2018 0555Z

Product(s) or Data Impacted: SARSAT alert data

Date/Time of Initial Impact: April 03, 2018 0325Z

Date/Time of Expected End: April 03, 2018 0411Z

Length of Outage: 46 minutes

Details/Specifics of Change:Maryland 2 GEO Ground Station in Suitland, MD stopped sending 406 alert data. The maintenance vendor determined that the Signal Processor (SP) had become hung and restarted the SP software. Maryland 2 returned to Normal Operation and all missing alert data came in late.

Impact: Minor - Distress alert detection/reporting timeliness affected.

Contact Information for Further Information: USMCC Operations at 301-817-4576

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