Aeronautical engineer, 34-year-old Shirisha Bandla will be the third woman of Indian origin to go to space, to be a part of the spacecraft giant’s first full crewed flight test scheduled today.
Born in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh and raised in Houston, Texas, Bandla, along with the company’s billionaire founder Sir Richard Brenson and five other members aboard Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft To Unity, traveled from New Mexico to the edge of space. Will travel She tweeted, “I am extremely honored to be part of the amazing crew of Unity 22 and part of a company whose mission is to make space accessible to all.”
Bandla will be the third woman of Indian origin to go to space
According to Bandla’s profile on Virgin Galactic, she will be astronaut number 004 and will have a ‘researcher experience’ role during the flight. She will be the third woman of Indian origin to go into space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams. She said in a video posted on Virgin Galactic’s Twitter account on July 6, “When I first heard that I was getting this opportunity, I was speechless. This is a wonderful opportunity when there will be people from different backgrounds, places and different communities in space.”
Welcome Sirisha Bandla, Colin Bennett, and Beth Moses — our expert crew members joining @richardbranson on our #Unity22 test flight. Watch LIVE this Sunday at https://t.co/5UalYT7Hjb. @SirishaBandla @VGChiefTrainer pic.twitter.com/F4ZrGnH3vo
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) July 5, 2021
Purdue University gave this information
According to a statement on Galactic’s website, Bandla, a Purdue University student, will evaluate a human-induced research experience using an experiment from the University of Florida in which handheld tubes are activated at various times during flight. . The university said in a statement that Bandla began his innings as Vice President of Government Affairs and Research at Virgin Galactic in January 2021.