Sirisha Bandla another Indian-born woman will fly into space on July 11 from Mexico along with six space travellers aboard VSS Unity of Virgin Galactic’s founder Richard Branson. She is assigned the role of a researcher experience.
The space trip will include two women crew members. Sirisha Bandla will be the second Indian-born woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla and the fourth Indian to fly into space.
She is a 34-year-old astronautical engineer, graduated from Purdue University and was born in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur while grew up in Houston, Texas.
Sirisha tweeted with a video of the crew that she is incredibly honored 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.
Last month, she told Space.com that the Virgin Galactic flight will last anywhere between approximately 60 and 75 minutes and then will take off and land back.
The Indian-born woman Sirisha started to work at Virgin Galactic in 2015 and is presently vice president of government affairs at the company. She has completed her graduation in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University. Bandla has also worked as an aerospace engineer in Texas.