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7:15am: Registration/Breakfast Begins
8:15am: Welcome/ Opening Speaker
12:00pm: Lunch Speaker
3:45pm: Closing Speaker
4:45pm-5:30pm: Networking Reception
Luncheon Keynote with Dr. Nicholas Patrick: An Update on Blue Origin’s New Shepard Program
The last year has been a busy one for Blue Origin: they’ve conducted 4 more test flights of the reusable New Shepard spacecraft, successfully recovering the booster and crew capsule after each flight. Their most recent flight included a test of the capsule’s escape system during ascent. They’ve also announced our New Glenn orbital launch system. Dr. Patrick will review Blue Origin’s recent steps on the path to human spaceflight.
Dr. Nicholas Patrick is the Human Integration Architect at Blue Origin. In this role he is responsible for the human-centered aspects of Blue Origin’s designs and launch operations. Before joining Blue Origin, Dr. Patrick was a NASA astronaut and flew as a mission specialist on STS-116 and STS-130, two construction missions to the International Space Station. On STS-130, Dr. Patrick performed three spacewalks to complete installation of the ISS’s Node 3 and Cupola. Prior to becoming an astronaut, he worked at Boeing in Everett on the design of commercial aircraft flight decks. Born in the UK, Dr. Patrick studied engineering at Cambridge University, and earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Blue Origin, based in Kent WA, is a private company developing vehicles and technologies to enable commercial human space transportation. Blue Origin has the long-term goal of greatly increasing the number of people who live and work in space.