SLS Core/Upper Stages Resident Manager at Michoud Assembly Facility
Patrick Whipps is the SLS Core/Upper Stages Resident Manager at the 830 acre Michoud Assembly Facility in east New Orleans. NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, is America’s next generation launch vehicle for a new era of exploration beyond Earth’s orbit into deep space. Prior to his present role, Mr. Whipps was External Tank Deputy Project Manager for the successful fly out of the Space Shuttle Program. Before this he was NASA’s Resident Chief Engineer at Michoud for External Tank manufacturing for nearly a decade. In his 28 years with NASA, Patrick has also spent time in the Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor project and was resident metallurgist for the Space Shuttle Main Engines project in California. Prior to NASA, Mr. Whipps worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in Tucson, Arizona. He held increasingly responsible positions including metallurgical failure analyst, materials/processes laboratory supervisor, senior staff engineer for the Phoenix air-to-air missile, and reliability manager for the Phoenix Missile program. Mr. Whipps has been awarded two United States patents, been published/presented in several professional technical forums, and, representing NASA, has been interviewed frequently by national and international print, television, and cable media. Patrick has been married for 40 years to the former Lisa Watts, has 6 grown children, and 11 grandchildren.
Overview of progress at Michoud Assembly Facility toward manufacturing NASA’s Space Launch System Core Stage/Upper Stage.