Ayres worked on implementing the legislation that created the US Space Force.
WASHINGTON – Voyager Space Holdings announced on June 29 the appointment of former Department of the Air Force general counsel Tom Ayres as chief legal officer and general counsel for the company.
The Denver-based company Voyager was founded in October 2019 as an alternative to traditional venture capital models. It has since acquired several companies with the aim of becoming a vertically integrated player in space exploration.
Ayers, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a retired Army Major General, served as the Air Force Department’s senior legal advisor during the Trump administration. He was responsible for compliance and investigations, and provided advice on national security strategies. Ayres also worked to implement the legislation that created the US Space Force.
“National security has been and will continue to be an important part of Voyager’s growth plan, as has civilian and commercial space,” said Dylan Taylor, CEO and President of Voyager in a statement to News. “Tom Ayres brings considerable DoD experience and legal skills to the Voyager team, and his acceptance of the role of General Counsel illustrates Voyager’s position as a significant player in the defense community. “
Ayres said in a statement, “I look forward to applying this expertise to help the entire Voyager organization continue to ensure that the United States and our partners remain the leaders in space technology for the benefit of all. ‘humanity.”
Voyager recently announced the hiring of other former senior government officials, including former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and former Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord.