Topic: SARSAT Alaska 2 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Ground Station Offline

Date/Time Issued: December 12, 2018 0102Z

Product(s) or Data Impacted: SARSAT alert data

Date/Time of Initial Impact: December 11, 2018 2332Z

Date/Time of Expected End: December 12, 2018 0014Z

Length of Outage: 42 minutes

Details/Specifics of Change: Alaska 2 LEO Ground Station inFairbanks, AK went out of service following two consecutive missed satellite passes. The LUT Vendor quickly responded and found that a Command and Control System software failure had occurred. The Front Processor and Location Processor servers were manually rebooted and Alaska 2 LEO Ground Station returned to Normal Operations.

Impact: Minor-Dual satellite tracking capability lost. Distress alert detection/reporting timeliness affected.

Contact Information for Further Information: USMCC Operationsusmcc@noaa.govat 301-817-4576

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

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