Srisha Bandla, a native of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh is the second Indian born woman to fly into space.
After Kalpana Chawla, Srisha Bandla would be the second woman to go to space with six space travelers. The ‘VSS Unity’ of Virgin Galactic is scheduled to be off to space on the 11th of July. Astronaut Shrisha Bandla is one of the six space travellers along with Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic.
According to sources, Shrisha Bandla would be a part of the crew as a research experience in space flight. With this, the 34 year old Shrisha Bandla would be the fourth Indian origin to fly to space. Before Shrisha Bandla, Rakesh Sharma, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams flew to space. It is to be noted, Shrisha Bandla is also the first Telugu origin woman to fly to space.
Ms. Shrisha Bandla shared the news of flying to space on her Twitter handle. She posted a tweet with a video of her crew and said, “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,”
Expressing happiness and pride Bandla Ragaiah, an agricultural scientist from Janapdu village Guntur and the grandfather of Shrisha Bandla said, “I have always seen her zeal to achieve something big and finally, she is going to fulfil her dream. I am sure she will succeed in this mission and make the whole country proud.”
Ms. Shrisha Bandla has been working at Virgin Galactic since2015 and is currently the Vice President of Government Affairs at the company. She is a graduate in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University.
Before starting with Virgin Galactic, Ms. Shrisha Bandla worked as an aerospace engineer in Texas, following which she had a job in space policy at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF.)