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Nicholas Patrick - Institute of Flight - Future of Flight

Chairman: Nicholas Patrick

As a NASA Astronaut, Dr. Patrick flew on two shuttle missions to the International Space Station: STS-116 in 2006 and STS-130 in 2010. On his second flight, he conducted three spacewalks to connect the Station's life-support node and ready its Cupola observation windows for use. Dr. Patrick also held several technical positions at NASA, including Capsule Communicator (“Capcom”), flight crew representative to the Orion MPCV Program, and human factors lead for the Space Shuttle Avionics Upgrade Program. Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Patrick was an engineer for The Boeing Company in Everett, where he worked on flight deck design for many Boeing models. Dr. Patrick is currently the Human Integration Architect for Blue Origin, a Kent-based manufacturer of spacecraft.

Born in the UK, Dr. Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and – after moving to the US – doctorate and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Patrick learned to fly with the RAF, and is an avid pilot and a flight instructor.