“If you looked at the skyline of New York in the 1800s, it was pretty flat. When the elevator came along, it enabled real estate to grow vertically. And what I see, long-term, is space doing the same thing to our economy."
Vector was formed by industry veterans who have been involved with some of the most innovative companies in the aerospace industry. We understand the difference between PowerPoint slides and real hardware and have been building, testing and preparing for an operational micro satellite launcher for several years.
Co-Founder and CEO
Jim Cantrell is a well-known entrepreneur and expert in space systems and has 30 years of experience in the aerospace and high technology industries. Jim was part of the SpaceX founding team and served as the company’s first Vice President of Business Development. Jim founded two other successful aerospace and automotive engineering companies and has held CEO positions in aerospace and biometric software companies. Jim also played key roles in the development of Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella) and has had developmental roles in numerous venture funded space efforts including Rocket Lab, Planet, Black Sky and Spaceflight.
Co-Founder and President, Launch Services
John is a 30 year space veteran who was deeply involved with the early development of SpaceX, has developed launch vehicles and launch operations for the McDonnell Douglas Delta III and Delta IV, the DCX-A single stage to orbit vehicle for BMDO, Sea Launch and micro satellite launch vehicles for Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. John has extensive experience in the development of propulsion systems and launch vehicles and has worked with AFRL, DARPA, NASA and numerous commercial space enterprises.
Dr. Eric Besnard
Co-Founder and CTO
Dr. Eric Besnard is a well-known expert in aerospace system design, rocket and spacecraft propulsion, and launch vehicles. He has been involved in liquid propulsion research and launch vehicle technology development funded by NASA, the Air Force, MDA including the development of innovative launch vehicle flights and technologies such as the first known aerospike and LOX/methane rocket engine flight tests. He also has extensive expertise in CubeSat, Nanosat and Microsat propulsion technology development.
Shaun B. Coleman
Co-Founder, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer & SVP/GM GalacticSky
Shaun Coleman is a Vector board member and Vector’s first investor. He is spearheading the GalacticSky division as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Space Data Systems, he also leads marketing strategies as Vector’s Chief Marketing Officer. As an experienced entrepreneur and investor having founded 4 startup companies, Shaun brings more than 25 years of enterprise software, virtualization, computer networking, information security and marketing expertise into the role. Prior to Vector, Shaun held executive leadership positions at RSA Security, VMware, Citrix, Lawrence Livermore & Sandia National Laboratories. He leads a team of seasoned developers in the Silicon Valley who will build the next generation of software-based space systems. Shaun holds 17 issued US Patents in the areas of cryptography, computer security, virtualization and satellite technology.
Dr. Darren Garber
President Government Systems
Dr. Garber has over 20 years of experience in mission design, analysis, and operations with expertise in advanced navigation systems and exploiting new technologies for spaceflight. He has supported more than 40 missions spanning commercial, New Space, traditional aerospace, international and US Government programs to include NASA, DoD and DARPA. Dr. Garber leads Vector’s research and development team and oversees Vector’s integrated space mission architecture across launch vehicles, satellites, and payloads leveraging the GalacticSky infrastructure.
Robert R. Cleave
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Robert, aka “Cleave”, manages all revenue-generating activities at Vector, helping shape the company’s market position, providing customer advocacy, and supporting product development. Cleave brings over 30 years in the space industry as an engineer, program manager, and general manager with P&L responsibility. His vast experience spans legacy space to new-space, starting his career as an engineer on GPS, scientific and commercial satellites, and rovers to Mars. Cleave founded the world’s first company to commercialize X-band frequencies (XTAR, LLC) and was recruited by Lockheed Martin to manage business development activities of a $2B organization, subsequently becoming President of their commercial launch services business unit and Vice President of their commercial satellite business unit. A prolific author, TED speaker, and patent holder, Cleave is also active in multiple non-profits and is currently an advisor and investor on diverse start-ups.