Many people will make history when the UK billionaire Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity begins its journey to the edge of space.
These will also include 34-year-old aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla, who studied at Purdue University.
Sirisha will be the third Indian-origin woman to go into space. Earlier Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams have achieved this feat.
Sirisha, born in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and raised in Houston, Texas, in the US, will be accompanied by Richard Branson and five others in the space trip.
“I am honored to be part of Unity’s wonderful crew and a company whose mission is to make space accessible to all,” Sirisha said.
He said that this is a great opportunity to take different backgrounds, different regions and different communities into space.
After arriving in the US from India, Sirisha spent her childhood near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and always wanted to become an astronaut.
However, she could not fulfill her dream of becoming a pilot or astronaut due to poor eyesight. He has aeronautical engineering from Purdue University.
In this flight, Sirisha’s role will be that of researcher and she will do research related to human experience. An experiment from the University of Florida will be used for this.