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YAM (with generic payload module) [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 will be launched in early 2020 on an Indian PSLV rocket. It will host 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 Sr PSLV with ?
Further YAM missions: