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YAM 3, 5, 6, 7

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
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 v1.5 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 - 2024 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with MethaneSAT, Jackal 1, 2, Aries demo sat, Meson, Gluon, LizzieSat 1, MuSat 2, EagleEye, —uSat 44, ..., 47, YAM 6, Lynk Tower 05, 06, Optimus OTV 1, Space Truck, Rebelsat, HORACIO, Hubble 1, 2, EWS-RROCI 2, Pony Express 2A, 2B, BRO 12, 13, CBAS-LCE 1, 2, IOD 6, OrbAstro TR2, Quantum Sentry, SONATE 2, Tomorrow MS1, MS2, AEROS/MH 1, M3, Veery 0E, CroCube, ONDOSAT-OWL 1, 2
YAM 7 - 2024 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Capella TBD6, YAM 7, GNOMES 5, Dione, ? (Transporter 11 multiple satellites)
Further YAM missions:

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