AN FRANCISCO – Hyperspectral satellite startup Orbital Sidekick (OSK) announced a contract Nov. 19 to work with an industry-led consortium to develop tools for daily monitoring of oil and gas pipelines.
“This is an important validation of our commercial application and viability,” Dan Katz, OSK CEO and co-founder, told SpaceNews. “We are not merely a satellite imaging company that sells data to the government. We provide full turnkey monitoring services to the energy sector.”
Under the contract awarded by Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE), an industry-led consortium managed by the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center and focused on applying technology to prevent and detect pipeline leaks, OSK will gather satellite and aerial observations over the Bakken and Permian basins to demonstrate the value of space-based hyperspectral pipeline monitoring.
“OSK will both perform development work and deliver fully analyzed reporting on designated client areas of interest,” Katz said by email. “The OSK project with iPIPE will support scaling of our analytical capabilities while also providing critical market input into the refinement of our reporting design and features.”
Many Earth observation companies see infrastructure monitoring as an important application for their technologies. Pipeline monitoring, specifically, is often cited ...