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Norah PATTEN

  • Citizen Astronaut Candidate
  • Réaltra Space Systems Engineering

Bio


Dr. Norah Patten is an aeronautical engineer, a global faculty member at the International Space University (ISU), a citizen astronaut candidate with the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS), and currently works as the Business Development Manager at Réaltra Space Systems Engineering in Dublin. Norah has participated in several citizen science campaigns including multiple microgravity research flights, spacesuit testing and evaluation, high-g flights, and spacecraft egress. She is an award-winning author and STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) advocate and released her children's book, ‘Shooting for the Stars' in 2019, winnning the An Post Children's Book of the Year, senior. Norah was a recipient of the Emerging Space Leaders Grant and a Next Generation Plenary panellist at the International Astronautical Congress in 2015. Through a partnership with NanoRacks and the Irish Composites Centre, Norah initiated and managed ‘The Only Way is Up’ project which launched Ireland's first student experiment to the International Space Station in 2014. Norah participated in the International Space University Space Studies Program in 2010, holds a PhD from the University of Limerick, participated in the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Program, and has industrial experience from The Boeing Company and Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent.