New member spotlight: Orbital Sidekick
Author: Sarah Magruder Lyle, CGA President and CEO
CGA is pleased to announce a new feature article of the CGA Monthly Update which will highlight a new member each month. The goal is to introduce these organizations to our membership and help increase our ability to connect by learning about these entities and the people who work there. Facilitating these opportunities is extremely important for the CGA membership - especially since we are unable to gather and meet face-to-face.
Welcomed to CGA late last year as one of the nearly 40 new members in 2020, Orbital Sidekick (OSK) is deploying a space-based infrastructure of hyperspectral sensors to provide monitoring services and solutions to the energy sector and beyond. According to OSK, among the capabilities setting their platform apart from other remote sensing technology is that, not only can it tell you if a pipeline is leaking, but it can determine the product that’s leaking while also identifying recent soil disturbances. Refining this capability is a priority for OSK over the coming year.
OSK recently announced it has been awarded a $16 million multi-year contract by the Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment group in conjunction with the Space and Missile Systems Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory. This funding will accelerate OSK’s deployment of its Global Hyperspectral Observation Satellite (GHOSt) constellation of six high-resolution satellite-based scanners. As often as daily, OSK will analyze pipeline and infrastructure data captured by GHOSt.
OSK’s Vice President of Business Development Peter Weaver will be speaking about his company at the 2021 CGA Conference & Expo scheduled for Oct. 12-15 in Orlando, Florida. We look forward to hearing about OSK’s technology, including examples of their latest satellite imagery, and how it will enhance damage prevention practices. Click here to learn more and to register for the damage prevention industry’s premier in-person event of the year.