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Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 Human Space Mission – Indian Origin Sirisha Bandla Joins the Mission

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity 22 launchedUS based private Spaceflight company ‘Virgin Galactic’ announced the 6-member crew of its human commercial space mission “Unity 22”. The crew includes Richard Branson – the founder of Virgin Galactic as one of its passengers. Indian origin Sirisha Bandla will be the 4th crew member of the space mission.

Unit 22 Mission:

Objective – To act as a pre-run for all of its future commercial space trips, that will allow passengers to witness the curvature of Earth from space.Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity 22 Flight Sequence6-member Crew:

  • 2-Pilots – Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci
  • 4-Passengers – Richard Branson, Sirisha Bandla, Colin Bennett (Operation Engineer) & Beth Moses (Chief Instructor)

i.The company uses VSS Unity, a SpaceShipTwo-class suborbital rocket-powered spaceplan for the mission, which will be launched from New Mexico, USA.

ii.It will be the 22nd mission for VSS Unity, and Virgin Galactic’s 4th crewed spaceflight.

Sirisha Bandla – 3rd Indian Origin women to be on Space

Sirisha Bandla took part in the Virgin Galactic’s 1.5-hour trail space mission in July, to become the 3rd Indian Origin woman to be in space (after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams).

Note – Rakesh Sharma is the only Indian citizen to travel in space.

i.Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government affairs & Research operations at Virgin Galactic, is in-charge of evaluating human-tended research experience in the Unity 22 mission.

ii.She was born in Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh and brought up in Houston, USA.

Note – Russia, trained 4 Indian Astronauts for India’s 1st Human Space Mission – ‘Gaganyaan’

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About Virgin Galactic:

Established – 2004
Founders – Richard Branson & Burt Rutan
Headquarters – Mojave, California, USA