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Indian-American astronaut Sirisha Bandla flying to space with Branson

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    Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity 22 took off for space with Indian-American Sirisha Bandla and others onboard on Sunday. Family members of Indian-born Bandla watched the live telecast of the launch from their home in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur. Indian-American astronaut Sirisha Bandla flying to space with Branson
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Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity 22 took off for space with Indian-American Sirisha Bandla and others onboard on Sunday. Family members of Indian-born Bandla watched the live telecast of the launch from their home in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur.

 

Indian-origin aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla took off for space today onboard the Virgin Galactic passenger rocket plane. Her family, including her grandfather, watched the live telecast of the launch at Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh.

Born in Guntur, Sirisha Bandla (33) is the second Indian-born woman in space and the fourth Indian to ever achieve the feat after Rakesh Sharma, Kalpana Chawla, and Indian-American Sunita Williams.

Sirisha Bandla joined Virgin Galactic in 2015 as government affairs manager and has since risen through the ranks while also handling Washington operations for Virgin Orbit, which recently delivered a satellite in space using a Boeing-747 plane.