Meet The Third Indian Woman To Go To Space, Sirisha Bandla

Get to know Sirisha Bandla, the third Indian woman to travel to space, inspiring future astronauts, with her remarkable journey.

Who Is Sirisha?

Sirisha is an Indian-origin aeronautical engineer who became the third Indian woman to fly into space.


She was born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, but eventually moved & grew up in Houston, Texas, when she was four years old.

Education & Qualifications

She earned her bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University & later pursued a master's degree in business administration.

What Does She Do?

She began her career as an Aeronautical Engineer & Researcher with Virgin Galactic.

A Researcher Turned VP

After working over a decade, she became  the Vice President of Government Affairs for Virgin Galactic in 2015.

The Big Day!

On July 11, 2021, she went to space, boarding the Virgin Galactic Unity 22 test flight, along with Sir Richard Branson, Michael Masucci, Dave Mackay, Beth Moses, & Colin Bennett.

But Why Her?

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Her achievement marks a significant milestone, following in the footsteps of Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, becoming the third Indian woman to climb space.

Milestone ✔

Her journey showcases the growing diversity in aerospace, inspiring aspiring astronauts, especially women, to seek careers in this field.

An Inspiration To All!

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