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YAM 3, 5

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 Bossí artificial intelligence will process the data and retask the satellite as it searches for targets.
  • HydroSat: VanZyl-1 imager, which usdesigned to detect water stress, monitor wildfire risk and monitor agriculture.
  • Another RGB imaging sensor

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: 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 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with (SpaceX Transporter-2)
YAM 5 - 202x with ?


Further YAM missions: