Who is Sirisha Bandla: Here’s all about 2nd Indian-origin Woman to Fly in Space
Sirisha Bandla will be the 2nd Indian woman and 4th Indian to fly to space. The mission named “Virgin Galactic mission” will take off from New Mexico on 11 July of 2021. So in this blog, we are going to know everything about who is Sirisha Bandla.
Sirisha will be part of Virgin Space Ship Unity. She will be with six space travelers on board at ‘VSS Unity’ of Virgin Galactic. The mission will hold along with the company’s founder and Billionaire Richard Branson.
Virgin Galactic mission will take off nine days prior to the departure of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ mission to space by Blue Origin announced last month.
Prior to talking to Space.Com, Sirisha Bandla said that the Virgin Galactic flight will last between 60 and 75 minutes approximately. The flight will take off and land back at Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in New Mexico.
According to reports, Sirisha’s role will be that of a researcher’s experience. Sirisha Bandla and Beth Moses are the only two women crew members in the mission to space.
Sirisha Bandla is born in Andhra Pradesh and brought up in Houston will be the 2nd India-born woman and 4th Indian to fly into space. The 1st Indian woman was Kalpana Chawla who died in the year 2003 in a space shuttle blast while returning from the mission from outer space. She is going after Rakesh Sharma, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams to space.
“I am so incredibly honoured to be a part of the amazing crew of Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all,”34-year-old aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla tweeted on Twitter.
Sirisha completed her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in the year 2011. She pursues a degree from Purdue University and went to George Washington University, USA to do her MBA in the year 2015.
Prior to working in Virgin Galactic, she worked as an aerospace engineer in Texas; following her progress she had a job in space policy at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).
Then she joined Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. She is currently the Vice President of Government Affairs at the British-American spaceflight company i.e., Virgin.
“I have always seen her zeal to achieve something big and finally, she is going to fulfill her dream. I am sure she will succeed in this mission and make the whole country proud,”Statement from Ragaiah Bandla, Sirisha’s grandfather who is an agricultural scientist from Janapdu village from Guntur.
So that’s all about who is sirisha bandla?. Let’s pray for her journey and wish her for making India proud.
We will catch you in the next. Till then take care of yourself and your family.