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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
  • 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 Boss’ artificial intelligence will process the data and retask the satellite as it searches for targets.
  • HydroSat: VanZyl-1 imager, which is designed 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
Lifetime:
Mass: 83 kg
Orbit:
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 v1.0 R2-1, ..., R2-3, Umbra-SAR 2001, YAM 2, ÑuSat 19, ..., 22, ICEYE X11, X12, X13, X15, TUBIN, Mandrake 2A, 2B, Capella 5, GNOMES 2, LINCS 1, 2, PACE 1, TROPICS Pathfinder, D2/AtlaCom 1, EG 3, Centauri 4, Lemur-2 140, ..., 145, SpaceBEE 88, ..., 111, SpaceBEE NZ-7, ..., NZ-10, Sherpa-FX 2, Lynk 06, Hawk 3A, 3B, 3C, Astrocast 0201, ..., 0205, Painani 2, Sherpa-LTE 1, Tenzing, Shasta, ARTHUR 1, Faraday Phoenix, KSF 1A, ..., 1D, Tiger 2, ION-SCV 003, NAPA 2, Spartan, Neptuno, W-Cube, Ghalib, QMR-KWT
YAM 5 - 202x with ?

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