British Astronaut Nicholas Patrick


Nicholas J. M. Patrick (Ph.D., P.E.)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Dr. Patrick was born in 1964 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. He also considers London, England and Rye, New York to be his hometowns. He became a U.S. Citizen in 1994. His mother, Gillian Patrick, lives in Connecticut; his father, Stewart Patrick, in Pennsylvania. Nicholas is married with three children. His recreational interests include flying, fixing & building things, scuba diving, Tae Kwon Do, and reading to his children.

EDUCATION: * Harrow School, London, England, 1978-82. * B.A., Engineering, University of Cambridge, England, 1986. * M.A. Cantab., Engineering, University of Cambridge, England, 1990. * S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990. * Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996.

ORGANIZATIONS: Dr. Patrick is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and is a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical).

SPECIAL HONORS: Entrance scholarship (‘Exhibition’) to the University of Cambridge, 1983; GE Aircraft Engines Development Program Project Award for contributions to manufacturing inventory reduction, 1988; JSC Center Director’s Discretionary Award for contributions to the user-interface of the Space Shuttle’s Cockpit Avionics Upgrade, 2002. Dr. Patrick holds three patents in the areas of telerobotics, flight displays, and integrated aircraft alerting systems.

EXPERIENCE: While at university in England, Dr. Patrick spent his summers as a civil engineer, inspecting bridges in New York and Connecticut. After graduating from Cambridge, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as an engineer for the Aircraft Engines Division of GE. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a research assistant in the Human-Machine Systems Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests included telerobotics, aviation psychology, decision theory, and optimization. Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Patrick joined Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Group in Seattle, Washington, where he worked in Flight Deck Engineering as a systems and human-factors engineer on many of Boeing’s commercial aircraft models.

Dr. Patrick learned to fly as a member of the Royal Air Force’s Volunteer Reserve while attending Cambridge University. After moving to the United States, Dr. Patrick continued flying, becoming an instrument and multi-engine flight instructor. He has logged over 2,000 hours as a pilot in more than 20 types of airplane and helicopter, and over 800 hours as a flight instructor.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Dr. Patrick reported to NASA’s Johnson Space Center for astronaut training in 1998. When not in training for a spaceflight, Dr. Patrick has worked in the Astronaut Office on the space shuttle’s Cockpit Avionics Upgrade program; as a CAPCOM in Mission Control for STS-123 and STS-124; leading the team which defined the human-systems integration requirements for the Orion capsule; and most recently on the design of the Orion cockpit.

Dr. Patrick has logged 638 hours in space as a mission specialist on STS-116 and STS-130. He has logged over 18 hours of EVA time during three spacewalks on STS-130.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-116 Discovery (December 9-22, 2006). The 7-member crew on this 12-day mission continued construction of the ISS outpost by adding the P5 truss segment and performing four spacewalks, one of which was added to allow the crew to coax and retract a stubborn solar panel to fold up like an accordion into its box. Discovery also delivered a new crew-member and more than two tons of equipment and supplies to the station. Mission duration was 12 days, 20 hours and 45 minutes.

STS-130 Endeavour (February 8-21, 2010) launched at night, carrying aloft the International Space Station’s final permanent modules: Tranquility and Cupola. Tranquility (or Node 3) is now the life-support hub of the ISS, containing exercise, water recycling, and environmental control systems, while Cupola provides the largest set of windows ever to grace a spacecraft. These 7 windows, arranged in a hemisphere, provide a spectacular and panoramic view of our planet and will afford future crews a direct view of ISS robotic operations. During the 13-day 18-hour mission, Endeavour and her six-person crew travelled over 5.7 million miles and completed 217 orbits of the Earth, touching down at night at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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May 16, 2013 · 7:39 pm

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