Topic: SARSAT S13 (METOP-B/M1) LEO Satellite Search And Rescue Processor (SARP) Anomaly

Date/Time Issued: March 12, 2021 1426Z

Product(s) or Data Impacted:  SARSAT alert data

Date/Time of Initial Impact: March 12, 2021 0103Z

Date/Time of Expected End:  TBD

Length of Outage:  TBD

Details/Specifics of Change:  The SARSAT Satellite S13 (METOP B/M1) has suffered an anomaly on the SARP instrument. The anomaly was detected based on no data on SARP since March 12 at 0103 UTC.  The USMCC requested FMCC work with EUMETSAT to issue a SARP reset command. The USMCC is currently filtering all S13 SARP data until a recalculated time calibration (TCAL) is received.

Impact: Medium-Loss of Storage/forward capability. The satellite is limited to real-time/local distress detection and relay. Timeliness of global coverage detection and relay affected.

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

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

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