Wilbur C. Trafton is currently president of Will Trafton and Associates, LLC. Prior to this position, Mr. Trafton was executive vice president of Rocketplane Kistler, headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Previously, from 2004 until 2006, Mr. Trafton was the president and chief operating officer of Kistler Aerospace Corporation. Before that, he served as the vice president/general manager of Boeing Expendable Launch Systems and president of Boeing Launch Services, and before that he was chairman of the Board and president of Sea Launch Company, LLC. He was also president of International Launch Services. From 1993 until 1997, he was deputy associate administrator and then associate administrator for Space Flight at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), responsible for planning, budgeting and execution of the Space Shuttle Program, the International Space Station Program, the Expendable Launch Vehicle Program, and the Deep Space Network. He was also responsible for four NASA centers: Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas; Kennedy Space Center, Florida; Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Mr. Trafton retired from the United States Navy as a Captain after 26 years of service. He flew 85 combat missions in the Vietnam War and he served as Commanding Officer of the combat support ship Seattle in Desert Storm. Mr. Trafton is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and he received a Master's Degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Mr. Trafton served as the Chair of COMSTAC from November 2006 until November 2012.