Neeraj Gupta is a senior executive at Sierra Space and serves as the company’s first Senior Vice President and General Manager for Space Destinations, reporting directly to CEO Tom Vice. He is responsible for the overall business sector’s activities and performance (P/L), including the products and services provided.
Gupta’s purview includes the co-development and operation of the first-ever commercial space station, Orbital Reef, with partner Blue Origin, and multiple elements for on-orbit destinations. Sierra Space’s LIFE™ habitat (Large Integrated Flexible Environment) and the connected node module are two core products in Gupta’s line of business.
Gupta’s responsibilities include strategy, product development and execution, global commercialization, customer engagement, investment strategy and numerous corporate duties. He was a key player in establishing Sierra Space in 2021 and helped secure the second-largest series A capital raise in aerospace history: $1.4 billion.
Prior to Sierra Space, Gupta led the Advanced Development group at Sierra Nevada Corporation, which was responsible for evaluating and pursuing additional missions for the Dream Chaser® spaceplane and evolving its capabilities for myriad commercial, international and government uses. Additionally, his team explored advanced concepts for emerging space markets and the development of next-generation space architectures and technologies. He served in a variety of engineering, program management and key leadership positions across the organization throughout his decade-long tenure. Gupta holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder and lives with his family in Denver, Colorado.