COLORADO SPRINGS — Even though Vector Launch filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Lockheed Martin, the Arizona startup is not eager to spend millions of dollars fighting the aerospace giant.
“We don’t want to be in lengthy litigation with Lockheed Martin,” Shaun Coleman, Vector co-founder, told SpaceNews. “We were forced into this situation and would love to resolve it.”
Vector filed a complaint April 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging Lockheed Martin infringed on three patents related to GalacticSky, Vector’s software-defined satellite technology.
Lockheed Martin declined to comment on the pending litigation.
Vector is widely known as a launch vehicle developer but it is actually a “space access company,” said Coleman, who is also GalacticSky chief marketing officer and general manager. Coleman also authored the patents that are the subject of Vector’s claim against Lockheed. Before joining Vector, Coleman, an angel investor and serial
entrepreneur, founded three startups including CloudVolumes, a software company acquired in 2014 by VMware.
Coleman, who met Jim Cantrell, Vector chief executive and co-founder, through their shared love of car racing, leads a team of 20 people at GalacticSky. Based in San Jose, California, GalacticSky focuses on the firm’s ...