Indian-origin Shirisha Bandla set to fly into space tomorrow

10th July, 2021

Indian-origin Shirisha Bandla set to fly into space tomorrow

Sirisha Bandla, one of six space travellers onboard Virgin Galactic's 'VSS Unity,' will be the third Indian woman to journey into space tomorrow. Bandla, who was born in the Guntur region of Andhra Pradesh and raised in Houston, Texas, will go to the edge of space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity with Sir Richard Branson, the company's wealthy creator, and five people from New Mexico. She wrote, "I am so immensely pleased to be a member of the great crew of #Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose purpose is to make space accessible to all." According to her Virgin Galactic biography, Bandla will be astronaut 004 and her flight job will be Researcher Experience. After Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, she will be the third Indian-origin woman to go into space. "When I initially learned of this chance, I was overjoyed. I believe that encapsulated it perfectly; I was dumbfounded. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring individuals from many origins, geographies, and communities into space "In a video broadcast on Virgin Galactic's Twitter on July 6, she stated. According to a statement on the Galactic website, Bandla, a Purdue University alumna, will be evaluating the human-tended research experience, using an experiment from the University of Florida that requires several handheld fixation tubes that will be activated at various points in the flight profile.