India-origin woman Sirisha Bandla is all set to head to space as a member of the Virgin SpaceShip Unity on July 11.
- Born in Andhra Pradesh, Bandla will be the third Indian-origin woman, after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, and the fourth Indian to fly into space.
- Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to travel to space, Kalpana Chawla, and Indian-American Astronaut Sunita Williams, precede her.
- She will be one of the five people alongside Virgin Galactic’s billionaire founder Richard Branson to travel to space.
- She will take care of the researcher’s experience of the Unity22 mission.
- The crewed test spaceflight is scheduled to blast off on July 11 from New Mexico.
About Sirisha Bandla
- Sirisha Bandla, who was born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and grew up in Houston, Texas.
- She is a graduate in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University.
- She started working at Virgin Galactic in 2015.
- She is currently vice president of government affairs at the company.
- She has also worked for a space policy job at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) and L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas, as an aerospace engineer.