Meet the Second Indian-American Woman to Go into Space after Kalpana Chawla

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Indian-born American Sirisha Bandla will make history one more time as she is the second Indian-American woman going to space after Kalpana Chawla. Sirisha will be joining Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson VSS Unity together with a crew. The crew will be flying into space on July 11 from New Mexico.

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NN Chandrababu Naidu disclosed the news on Twitter. He wrote: “Indian-origin women continue to break the proverbial glass ceiling and prove their mettle. On July 11th, Sirisha Bandla with Telugu roots is set to fly to space aboard VSS Unity with Richard Branson and the team marking the dawn of the new space age, making all Indians proud.”

Sirisha Bandla has an MBA degree from Georgetown University. She started her career at Virgin Galactic in 2015. She has worked as a space policy job at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) and L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas, as an aerospace engineer. Furthermore, the 34-year-old aeronautical engineer did her graduation from Purdue University.

Sirisha took to Twitter and disclosed the news of going to space. She wrote: “I am so extremely thrilled 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.”