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Marotta Names Aerospace Veteran to Board

Wilbur C. Trafton brings a wealth of accomplishments culled from the military, aerospace and defense sectors.Montville-based Marotta Controls, which designs and develops high-pressure fluid controls for the aerospace and defense sectors, has named Wilbur C. Trafton, a retired Navy captain with more than 24 years of industry experience, to its board.

“Will understands our business and our commitment to furthering the development of our presence in the aerospace and defense industry,” said Tom Marotta, chairman and CEO of Marotta Controls.

Trafton’s extensive military accomplishments include stints as the commanding officer of the combat support ship Seattle in Desert Storm, executive officer of the aircraft carrier Forrestal and executive assistant to the commander of Naval Air Systems.

Trafton, who is president of Will Trafton and Associates, an aerospace consulting firm, previously served as president and COO of Kistler Aerospace, vice president and general manager of Boeing Expendable Launch Systems and president of Boeing Launch Services.

Moreover, at NASA, Trafton was responsible for planning, budgeting and executing the Space Shuttle Program, the International Space Station Program, the Expendable Launch Vehicles Program and the Deep Space Network. He was also responsible for four NASA centers: Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Stennis Space Center.

For the recent mission to the remote planet of Pluto, Marotta’s components were used to control the liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen valves used to power the Centaur RL-10 engine, which is part of the launch vehicle that put the program’s satellite into orbit.

Outside of the U.S., where it employs 150 people, Marotta runs divisions in Cheltenham, U.K., and Dublin, Ireland.

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