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YAM 2 [Loft Orbital]

YAM (Yet Another Mission) is a series of micro satellites owned by Loft Orbital, which host various payloads for different customers.

The satellite consists of a standardized bus provided by Blue Canyon Technologies and Loft Orbital's payload hub, which houses the customer's payloads and provides power, data, mechanical, and thermal interfaces to the payloads and on-board data processing.

YAM 2 was to be launched in early 2020 on an Indian PSLV rocket, but was moved to a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5). It hosts five payloads:

  • Orbital Sidekick: Hyperspectral imager
  • UAE Government Agency: Hyperspectral imager
  • Eutelsat: ELO 1 (Eutelsat LEO for Objects) Internet-of-Things RF payload, which will collect data from connected objects across the globe equipped with the same omni-directional antennas already used by terrestrial IoT (Internet-of-Things) networks. Data will then be transmitted daily to a ground station located on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Fugro: Technology Demonstration
  • SpaceChain: Storage of cryptocurrency encryption keys

Beginning with 2021, quarterly missions are planned.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Loft Orbital
Contractors: Loft Orbital (payload hub); Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) (bus)
Equipment: see above
Configuration: X-SAT Microsat/ESPAsat
Propulsion: None
Power: Deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Mass: ~80 kg ?
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
YAM 2 2021-059AJ 30.06.2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.5 R1-1, ..., R1-3, Umbra-SAR 2001, YAM 3, —uSat 19, ..., 22, ICEYE X11, X12, X13, X15, TUBIN, Mandrake 2A, 2B, Capella 5, GNOMES 2, LINCS 1, 2, PACE 1, TROPICS 01, D2/AtlaCom 1, EG 3, Centauri 4, Lemur-2 140, ..., 145, SpaceBEE 88, ..., 111, SpaceBEENZ 7, ..., 10, Sherpa-FX 2, Lynk 06, Hawk 3A, 3B, 3C, Astrocast 0201, ..., 0205, Painani 2, Sherpa-LTE 1, Tenzing, Aurora, Arthur 1, Faraday Phoenix, KSF 1A, ..., 1D, Tiger 2, ION-SCV 003, NAPA 2, Spartan, Neptuno, W-Cube, Ghalib, QMR-KWT
Further YAM missions:

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