TOP Men in Aerospace & Aviation to Follow on LinkedIn 2022: 64. Charles Nichols

64. Charles Nichols

NASA Orion Pressure Systems/Fracture Engineer | Manages Metallurgy & NDE at WSTF | NDT Level 3 Inspector, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

64. Charles Nichols

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Who am I:

I always feel humbled in the presence of the extraordinary teams that surround me.

What I do:

I have a dream job that really is out of this world. Some days, I’m crawling around spacecraft instrumenting or inspecting spacecraft. Other days, I get to instruct manufacturers advanced nondestructive test techniques. This week, we retrofitted a robotic arm to scan pressure vessel domes ultrasonically for laminar flaws. The same week, I chatted with colleagues around the world to catalog and communicate potential issues with each Orion pressure vessel and develop mitigation plans. A month from now, I will be at Johnson Space Center inspecting a jetpack to extend its life. Not bad for a skinny kid who grew up fighting for his lunch money in trailer parks.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You should surround yourself with people who are smarter than you to grow. When you wake up in the morning, be ready to go to school. The world is a university and everyone in it is a teacher. LinkedIn is a powerful platform for connecting with mentors to solve complex problems. Problem solvers with a background in nondestructive evaluation should follow me to advise NASA on how best to approach an oddball inspection application. I follow people I admire to learn from them.

Who I follow on Linkedin

I seldom browse LinkedIn, but have long admired Richard Branson’s easygoing approach to leadership and life. My friends who work for him at Spaceport America love what he has done for Virgin Galactic and space tourism. Work gets done quickly when you trust people. If you do not trust your team, you need to fix something inside yourself or find a different team.


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❝Jetpacks are cool. They conjure dreams of freedom, of flying through space and exploring the universe around us. Saving U.S. taxpayers more than $1.5 million by extending the life of pressure vessels is pretty cool too.❞

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