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YAM 3

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.

YAM 3 will be launched in 2020. Following payloads are known so far:

  • Eutelsat: ELO 2 Internet of Things RF payload
  • DARPA: 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 Boss artificial intelligence will process the data and retask the satellite as it searches for targets.

Beginning with 2021, quarterly missions are planned.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Loft Orbital
Contractors: Loft Orbital (payload hub); LeoStella (bus)
Equipment: see above
Configuration:
Propulsion: None
Power: Deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~80 kg ?
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
YAM 3 - 2020 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with QPS-SAR 2, Umbra-SAR 2001, GNOMES 2, XR 1, Vigoride x, PlasmaBrake, RadCube, VZLUsat 2, SpaceBEE x1, ..., x12, Delfi-PQ 1, Sattla, EASAT, HADES, Grizu-263a, LibertyQube 1, Pycubed, TRSI 2, Tartan Artibeus, PTD 1, Lemur-2 x1, ..., x8, SW1FT, Outpost Demonstration 1, (multiple satellelites)

References:

Further YAM missions: