Richard Branson flies to space with India born Sirisha Bandla, new era of space tourism begins

12th July,2021

Richard Branson flies to space with India born Sirisha Bandla, new era of space tourism begins


On Virgin Galactic's Unity 22 trip on Sunday, British billionaire Richard Branson and India-born Sirisha Bandla flew to the edge of space. Sir Richard Branson, a millionaire, philanthropist, and business mogul who is friends with former US President Barack Obama and has deep links to the British royal family, has it all, and 17 years ago he dreamed of becoming a space traveller. Branson became an astronaut on July 11, 2021, ushering in a new age of private space tourism. Branson boarded Virgin Galactic's Unity 22 trip from the Mojave Desert in New Mexico and was sent into suborbital space, where he experienced almost three minutes of weightlessness and microgravity. Sirisha Bandla, who was born in India, and four other travellers followed him. The 90-minute trip put Virgin Galactic ahead of rivals Blue Origin, led by former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, which has mostly transported people to the International Space Station (ISS) as well as commercially delivering goods to and from the orbiting laboratory.