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A Venture-Backed Startup’s Plan to Bring an End to Routine Aerial Pipeline Patrol


Orbital Sidekick (OSK) began from an idea sketched on a napkin in a bar in late 2015. The company’s co-founders were friends who had become frustrated with the bureaucracy at their employer, a traditional large-satellite manufacturing company in the Bay Area. They knew it was possible for a small team…

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Peter Weaver’s 30-plus year career has engaged nearly every facet of midstream oil and gas operations. Prior to joining OSK in 2017, he advocated for the liquid terminals industry for over a decade in the United States Congress and across numerous federal and state departments. Before that, Weaver supported ExxonMobil Chemical with roles in product development, marketing, technical sales, and terminal operations and logistics. He previously held roles with International-Matex Tank Terminals in operations, engineering and quality management.  

Weaver has held TS/SCI clearances, served as a licensed officer in the Merchant Marine, and holds degrees in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, and marine engineering technology from Northwestern Michigan College. He is Chairman of the Camp Leelanau and Kohahna Foundation which promotes outdoor education and character development programs in Northern Michigan. He also serves as the media and legislative affairs representative for the Church of Christ, Scientist for the state of Louisiana. For more information, visit or contact Peter Weaver at

3 Ways Technology is Going to Shape the Oil and Gas Industry Free to Download Today

Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.

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