Sirisha Bandla of Indian origin will fly to travel in space today. Bandla was born in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Bandla, 34, is part of the six-member crew of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered space plane Unity 22. She will become the third woman of Indian origin to go into space. Indian astronaut Rakesh Sharma went on Soyuz T-11 on 3 April 1984. After this, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams went as NASA astronauts.
I am so 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. https://t.co/sPrYy1styc
— Sirisha Bandla (@SirishaBandla) July 2, 2021
Joined Virgin Galactic in 2015
India-born Sirisha Bandla has done Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in America. After this he also did an MBA from George Washington University. He joined Virgin Galactic in the year 2015. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society and the Future Space Leaders Foundation.
Sirisha is currently the Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic in Washington DC, USA. Sirisha’s parents B Muralidhar and Anuradha work for the US government. His sister Pratyusha is a biological science technician in America.
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His grandfather Bandla Ragaiah lives in Guntur. According to the Indian Express report, he said that Sirisha was interested in flying since she was four years old and her eyes were always fixed on the sky. Bandla Ragaiah, 83, works as a principal scientist and professor at NG Ranga Agriculture University, run by the state of Andhra Pradesh. He told that at the age of four, Sirisha traveled alone to America, where her parents and elder sister lived. Although the person accompanying him was an acquaintance, he was unknown to Sirisha. Sirisha was not afraid to fly alone. She was curious.
Sirisha had last visited her grandfather in November 2019.