Sirisha Bandla becomes first Telugu woman to fly into space, kin express happiness
Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic revealed his maiden journey to space just ahead of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and the billionaire would be joined by an Indian aboard.
Sirisha Bandla, the company’s vice president of government relations and research operations, will be one of the five travelers joining Branson on the journey.
Sirisha, who hails from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, would be the second Indian-born woman in space after Kalpana Chawla, who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.
Sirisha is a Purdue University graduate with a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Sirisha had wanted to be a space scientist since she was a kid.
She did, however, miss out on a job with NASA due to a little flaw in her eyes. Sirisha’s grandpa, Dr Ragaiah, has expressed his delight at her chosen to travel to space.