Indian-origin Sirisha Bandla will fly to space in Virgin Galactics’ Unity 22 spaceship for a special research today in collaboration with the University of Florida, USA. Sirisha, Vice-President of Government Affairs and Research at Virgin Galactics, will accompany company owner Richard Bresnan as mission specialist to this test flight site. This is the first time that an Indian woman has been inducted as a mission specialist for any scientific research in space.
Sirisha, originally from Andhra Pradesh, will evaluate scientific research during the visit. During this test she will be carrying a number of fixation tubes which will be activated at various points during the journey. For the first time ever, Virgin Galactics’ flight will be broadcast live on the official website Virgin Galactic.com and on the company’s Twitter, YouTube and Facebook channels. The live broadcast will be done between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. US time.
Even ‘lack’ could not stop the way
Sirisha, who dreamed of flying in the sky from the age of just 4, applied to join NASA. But he was rejected due to visual impairment. Despite this, she took higher education in aeronautics engineering and after working in different fields, today she is going to fulfill her dream. He has also designed the communication system for America’s advanced aircraft L-3. She is the third Indian woman after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams to fly into space. Bandla currently serves as the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society, the Future Space Leaders Foundation.
Showing the way to others from youtube channel
Not only this, in order to ease the way for girls like herself who dream of touching the sky from a small district like Guntur, Sirisha through her YouTube channel ‘Lance from Bandla Sirisha’ NASA, space industry, elementary school related to it. It also provides education, training, scholarships, tutorial classes and guidance.
Source: Patrika : India's Leading Hindi News Portal by www.patrika.com.
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