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NOAA Polar Satellite Acquisition Manager
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Wilfred E. Mazur, Jr. (Bill)
NOAA Polar Satellite Acquisition Manager
Goddard Space Flight Center

Bill Mazur is the Polar Satellite Acquisition Manager for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. In this role his office provides the direction and coordination with the NASA POES Project to ensure that the POES satellites meet NOAA’s requirements for satellite performance, launch schedules and other technical and programmatic considerations. Close coordination between NOAA and NASA is critical throughout the life of each satellite, from build-up through its life on-orbit, to ensure the data continues to meet the needs of users throughout the world. This involves interpreting the evolving user data requirements into engineering specifications for the satellites and instruments. As a part of the Department of Commerce, NOAA funds all of the costs to build and launch the POES satellites by reimbursing NASA for all of their personnel and contract costs to build and launch them. NOAA determines the future launch schedules for its satellites, which are usually dependant on the condition and projected life of the satellites previously launched. Satellite production schedules are also somewhat dependent on the available funding, so close coordination between NASA and NOAA on those items is also important to the long-term success of the program.

Prior to becoming the Acquisition Manager for the POES Program in 1991, Mr. Mazur was the GOES I-M Ground System Project Manager and responsible for implementing the ground system for that new generation of NOAA’s geosationary satellites. He has been with NOAA since 1974 working on the implementation of a variety of ground systems as well as developing future space and ground segment concepts. Prior to coming to NOAA, he worked for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center as an Aerospace Engineer supporting both the Space Tracking Data Network as well as the Manned Space Flight Network for Project Apollo.