The former top lawyer for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force has touched down at Voyager Space Holdings Inc. as the space exploration company’s first-ever chief legal officer and general counsel.

Tom Ayres brings more than 30 years of experience in the defense, cyber and aerospace sectors to Voyager, which announced Ayres’ appointment Tuesday. The Denver-based startup launched in 2019 and aims to become a public company “capable of delivering any space mission humans can conceive.”