Program Manager, Mission and Program Integration Contract (MAPI)
Mark is the Barrios Program Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Program Mission and Program Integration (MAPI) Contract. He is responsible for managing the overall direction of the contract, including organization, staffing, budget, and both technical and financial contract performance. He is responsible for managing subcontractors performing MAPI work, establishing project goals related to the contract, and interfacing with the customer regarding contract status.
Mark joined the Barrios team in 2012 as MAPI Mission Analysis and Integration Manager. He was also tasked to apply the core competencies Barrios Technology has honed over 35 years to Commercial Space operations by developing and expanding Barrios Technology’s relationships with commercial space companies
Prior to joining Barrios, Polansky spent almost 20 years with NASA as an astronaut and research pilot. During his tenure at NASA, he supported ISS assembly on three shuttle flights. Polansky was Commander of STS-127 in July 2009, Commander of STS-116 in December 2006, and Pilot of STS-98 in February 2001. He also held many leadership positions within the Astronaut Office. His final NASA assignment was as the Director of Operations at Star City, Russia, where he lived and worked from January 2010 to June 2012.
Polansky spent over 13 1/2 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot. He was a distinguished graduate from both the USAF Test Pilot School and USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training. He has logged over 7,000 hours of flying in more than 30 different aircraft.