Sierra Space Advances to the Forefront of Commercial and National Security Policy in the Orbital Age®

Tim Keating Head Shot for Web

Former Boeing top lobbyist and Special Assistant in the Clinton Administration, Tim Keating, to lead strategy and government operations 

LOUISVILLE, Colo. – MARCH 15, 2023   Sierra Space, a leading, pureplay commercial space company building the first end-to-end business and technology platform in space, today announced the creation of a new strategy and government affairs group that positions the company for long-term success and growth in the Orbital Age.™

To lead this dynamic new organization, Sierra Space recruited one of Washington, D.C.’s most prominent and seasoned government operations executives. Tim Keating will serve as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Government Operations.

“As we accelerate the launch and operation of the first private commercial space station, it is critical that we work closely with policymakers and regulatory agencies around the world to proactively enable and robustly secure the vibrant new space economy in low-Earth orbit,” said Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice. “Tim has the proven execution track record, unparalleled expertise and unyielding integrity necessary to lead our company’s new strategy and global government operations group.”

Sierra Space is shaping new space transportation networks and establishing a new business model with the very first commercial, private and revenue-generating research and manufacturing centers in space. 

With Keating at the helm of this new group, Sierra Space will fully integrate three of its critical business functions: long-term strategic planning, global government operations and business development. The team’s top priorities are: 

  • Sierra Space’s new space transportation networks
  • The first commercial, private and revenue-generating research and manufacturing centers in space
  • New systems and solutions for national security partners to ensure the freedom and protection of space for everyone
  • Education and advocacy among political, regulatory and customer institutions worldwide

The new group and Keating will be based in Sierra Space’s Washington, D.C. offices. He reports directly to CEO Tom Vice.

“As a first-mover in the Orbital Age, Sierra Space is leading the effort to shape the future commercial, low-Earth orbit economy, and therefore, we must be the guiding voice in establishing the necessary regulatory frameworks and policies to support it,” said Tim Keating, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Government Operations, Sierra Space. “This company is uniquely positioned to drive the new low-Earth orbit economy and explosive GDP growth rooted in new product innovations both here in the U.S. and abroad.”

Keating was the longtime head of government relations at Boeing, spending more than 14 years with the company. He was a member of Boeing’s executive council and led the company’s public policy efforts, including all federal, state and local government operations. He also led Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship organization. Prior to Boeing, Keating was the Senior Vice President of Global Government Operations at Honeywell International, where he worked closely with Congress and a wide range of CEOs, CFOs and general counsels to formulate public policy recommendations. 

In the 1990s, Keating served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States and as staff director for White House Legislative Affairs under the Clinton Administration. He also held several positions with the U.S. House of Representatives.  

Keating most recently served as Senior Policy Director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, a lobbying and law firm in Washington, D.C. He holds a political science degree from the University of Scranton and an honorary doctorate in business administration from the University of South Carolina.


About Sierra Space

Sierra Space ( is a leading, pureplay commercial space company at the forefront of innovation and the commercialization of space in the Orbital Age®, building an end-to-end business and technology platform in space to benefit life on Earth. With more than 30 years and 500 missions of space flight heritage, the company is enabling the future of space transportation with Dream Chaser®, the world’s only commercial spaceplane, and is bringing LIFE® to low-Earth orbit with its modular, three-story commercial habitation and science platform. Both Dream Chaser and LIFE are central components to Orbital Reef, a mixed-use business park in LEO being developed by principal partners Sierra Space and Blue Origin, which is expected to be operational by the end of the decade. Sierra Space also builds and delivers a host of systems and subsystems across solar power, mechanics and motion control, environmental control, life support, propulsion and thermal control, offering myriad space-as-a-service solutions for the new space economy.  





Alex Walker

Sierra Space

(303) 803-2297

Allison Gregg 

Griffin Communications Group  

(256) 520-3985


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