Orbital Sidekick

Orbital Sidekick (OSK) is a provider of space-based hyperspectral monitoring solutions powered by Spectral Intelligence.

Orbital Sidekick is helping companies meet their sustainable operation goals by creating the most advanced space-based hyperspectral infrastructure and spectral intelligence in existence.

Orbital Sidekick was founded in 2016 by Dan Katz and Tushar Prabhakar. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.


Orbital Sidekick's real-time insights enable unparalleled monitoring services for both commercial and defense users on a global scale. Their startup’s solution is a data analytics product that generates intelligence using a constellation of satellites equipped with hyperspectral sensors.


Orbital Sidekick launched its first satellite in 2021. Data from the company’s satellites feeds into Orbital Sidekick’s Sigma platform. Customers have used Sigma “to monitor over 12,000 miles of pipelines and flag 100 suspected methane leaks, 200 suspected liquid hydrocarbon leaks.


Orbital Sidekick is also planning to launch two satellites Global Hyperspectral Observation Satellite (GHOSt). Orbital Sidekick is also developing solutions for defense customers. Notably, the company won a $16 million STRATFI.


Orbital Sidekick is backed by Temasek, Energy Innovation Capital, In-Q-Tel, Allied Minds, Williams, ONEOK, The University of Minnesota’s Endowment, 11.2 Capital, Syndicate 708, and others. The company raised $10M in a new round on Jan 31, 2023. This brings Orbital Sidekick's total funding to $46.8M to date.



  • Year founded: 2016
  • Funding Info: $46.8M over 5 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 11-50
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: San Francisco
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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