Allied Minds leads Orbital Sidekick funding round
Allied Minds today announces a new investment in Orbital Sidekick – a company developing capabilities in aerial and space-based hyperspectral imaging and analytics, initially for the oil and gas industry.
Allied Minds is leading the seed round with an investment of $3.5 million for a significant minority stake. 11.2 Capital, a VC firm specialising in breakthrough technologies, is investing alongside Allied Minds.
Orbital Sidekick’s Spectral Intelligence™ platform is designed to enable more efficient monitoring of natural resource assets and infrastructure integrity. Orbital Sidekick is initially targeting to monitor assets for the oil and gas market – estimated at over $4 billion annually. There are potentially multiple additional commercial and government applications for its technology.
Proceeds from the seed round will be applied principally to fund a demonstration of Orbital Sidekick’s hyperspectral capabilities from the International Space Station, development of additional space platforms, and customer acquisition.
Orbital Sidekick was founded by Dan Katz and Tushar Prabhakar, leveraging their extensive experience in small-sat design as engineers at Space Systems Loral. The team has built a complementary network of advisors to bring expertise in oil and gas operations and regulations, hyperspectral analysis, and data services.
Jill Smith, CEO of Allied Minds, commented “We are delighted to have made this investment in Orbital Sidekick. With its hyperspectral detection and analytics technology, Orbital Sidekick is another highly differentiated company in the space arena and will benefit from our extensive market knowledge and experience sharing across the portfolio, in particular with HawkEye360 and BridgeSat.”
For more information contact:
|Allied Minds plc
Neil Pizey, Head of Corporate Development
|+44 7771 872 922|
Ben Atwell / Brett Pollard
|+44 20 3727 1000|
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Allied Minds plc (Allied Minds or the Company or the Group) is an IP commercialisation company focused on early stage company creation and development within the technology and life science sectors. With origination relationships spanning US federal laboratories, universities, and leading US corporations, Allied Minds sources, operates and funds a portfolio of companies to generate long-term value for its investors and stakeholders. Based in Boston, Allied Minds supports its businesses with capital, management, expertise and shared services. For more information, please visit www.alliedminds.com
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