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YAM 1, 2, 3, 4

YAM (with generic payload module) [Loft Orbital]

YAM (Yet Another Mission) is a series of micro satellites owned by Loft Orbital, which host various payloads for different customers.

The satellites consist of a standardized bus provided by Blue Canyon Technologies 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.

  • The launch date for YAM 1 has not been disclosed.
  • YAM 2 will be launched in early 2020 on an Indian PSLV rocket. It will host five payloads:
    • Orbital Sidekick: Hyperspectral imager
    • UAE Government Agency: Hyperspectral imager
    • Eutelsat: ELO 1 (Eutelsat LEO for Objects) Internet of Things RF payload, which will collect data from connected objects across the globe equipped with the same omni-directional antennas already used by terrestrial IoT networks. Data will then be transmitted daily to a ground station located on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
    • Fugro: Technology Demonstration
    • SpaceChain: Storage of cryptocurrency encryption keys
  • YAM 3 will be launched in 2020
    • Eutelsat: ELO 2 Internet of Things RF payload ?
  • YAM 4 will be launched in late 2020
    • ?

Beginning with 2021, quarterly missions are planned.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Loft Orbital
Contractors: Loft Orbital (payload); Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) (bus)
Equipment: see above
Configuration: X-SAT Microsat/ESPAsat
Propulsion: None
Power: Deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~80 kg ?
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
YAM 1 - 202x with ?
YAM 2 - 2020 Sr PSLV with ?
YAM 3 - 2020 with ?
YAM 4 - 2020 with ?

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