Sirisha Bandla received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University in 2011. Bandla was one of four mission specialists on Virgin Galactic's 22nd test flight, Unity 22, July 11, 2021. At the time, Bandla was Virgin Galactic's Vice President for Government Affairs and Research Operations. Bandla became a commercial astronaut with the Unity 22 mission making Bandla the 26th Purdue astronaut and Purdue's second commercial astronaut.
Citation"Alumna Bandla becomes 26th member of Purdue's Cradle of Astronauts," Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Spotlights news release. 2021.
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