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YAM 3, 5, 6

YAM 3 [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 LeoStella 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.

Beginning with 2021, quarterly missions are planned.

YAM 3 was launched in June 2020. Following payloads are known so far:

  • Eutelsat: ELO 2 Internet of Things RF payload
  • SDA: POET (originally developped by DARPA as Sagittarius A*), a demonstration of the Blackjack Pit Boss mission system consisting of two payloads. One is the flight computer that runs the SSCI autonomy software. The second is a commercial optical imaging sensor that will search for targets in the open ocean. The data will be fed to the flight computer for on-board analysis and processing. The Pit Bossí artificial intelligence will process the data and retask the satellite as it searches for targets.
  • Another RGB imaging sensor

YAM 5 was launched in January 2023. Following payloads are known so far:

  • A customer furnished flight computer
  • A longwave infrared camera
  • A sensing payload
  • An experimental S-band payload transmitting in the 2240-2290 MHz band and receiving in the 2067-2110 MHz band.
  • An S-band Internet of Things (IoT) payload that transmits and receives in the 2400-2483.5 MHz band

YAM 6 will be launched in October 2023. Following payloads are on board:

  • A hyperspectral imager
  • A multi-spectral imager
Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Loft Orbital
Contractors: Loft Orbital (payload hub); LeoStella (bus)
Equipment: see above
Configuration: LeoStella bus
Propulsion: None
Power: Deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Mass: 83 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
YAM 3 2021-059AN 30.06.2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.5 R1-1, ..., R1-3, Umbra-SAR 2001, YAM 2, —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
YAM 5 2023-001BV 03.01.2023 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with YAM 5, Lynk Tower 03, 04, Umbra-SAR 04, 05, EOS-SAT 1, ICEYE X21, X22, X27, —uSat 32, ..., 35, Skykraft Deployer 1, Skykraft 1, ..., 4, Chimera LEO-1, ION-SCV 007, 008, Astrocast 0401, ..., 0404, Futura SM1, Futura SM3, Kelpie 1, Sharjah-Sat 1, TAU-SAT 2, Orbiter SN1, MDQSAT 1A, 1B, PROVES-Yearling, Sapling 1, Unicorn 2G, 2H, Vigoride 5, ZEUS 1, KSF 3A, ..., 3D, Flock-4y 1, ..., 36, Lemur-2 157, ..., 162, SpaceBEE 156, ..., 167, EWS-RROCI, BRO 8, Gama Alpha, Menut, MilSpace2 1, 2, NSLSat 2, Platform 2, EYE 1, STAR-VIBE, Sternula 1, Connecta T1.2, Guardian alpha, KuwaitSat 1, PolyITAN-HP-30, BDSAT 2, Pushan alpha
YAM 6 - 2023 CC or Va Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with [an error occurred while processing this directive]
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