Sirisha Bandla Age, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 34 Years
Boyfriend: Sean Hu
Education: MBA

Sirisha Bandla

Profession(s)Aeronautical Engineer, Astronaut
Famous ForBeing the third Indian-origin woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear 1987
Age (as of 2021)34 Years
BirthplaceGuntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India
HometownHouston, Texas, US
College/University• Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, US (2006-2011)
• The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., US (2012-2015)
Educational Qualification(s)• Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering
• MBA [1]LinkedIn- Sirisha Bandla
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian [2]Sirisha Bandla- Instagram
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsSean Hu
Sirisha Bandla with her boyfriend
ParentsFather- B Muralidhar (works for the US government)
Sirisha Bandla with her father
Mother- Anuradha (works for the US government)
Sirisha Bandla with her mother and sister
SiblingsBrother- None
Sister- Pratyusha Bandla (Biological Science Technician in the US)
Sirisha Bandla with her sister
Favourite Things
Dessert(s)Vanilla Ice-cream, Homemade Candy
AstronautNeil Armstrong

Sirisha Bandla

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sirisha Bandla

  • Does Sirisha Bandla drink alcohol?: Yes
    Sirisha Bandla with her friend
  • Sirisha Bandla is an American aeronautical engineer and astronaut who became the third Indian-origin woman to fly into space when she flew on Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed suborbital test flight from New Mexico on July 11, 2021, along with British billionaire Richard Branson and four others.
  • She grew up in a well-to-do family in Houston, Texas.

    Sirisha Bandla in childhood with her family

    Sirisha Bandla in childhood with her family

  • She is strong-willed since childhood.
  • Her paternal grandfather, Bandla Ragaiah, was a principal scientist and professor at Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, Hyderabad.

    Sirisha Bandla's paternal grandfather

    Sirisha Bandla’s paternal grandfather

  • Sirisha’s maternal grandfather, Venkat Narasiah, is a former Chemistry professor. He lives at Tenali in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Sirisha was fond of flying from a very young age. She experienced flying along for the first time when she was just four years old. In an interview, while talking about it, her grandfather said,

    At the age of four, she traveled alone to the US where her parents and older sister lived. Though the person who accompanied her was known to us, he was a stranger to her. She was not scared to fly alone. She was excited.”

    He further added,

    We don’t know how she got interested in aircraft, stars, and skies. It has been in her since childhood. Whatever she has achieved today is on her own accord and her parents gave her full freedom to pursue her dream. She has proved her excellence and rose to the occasion.”

  • She began her career in 2007 as a Design, Test, and Analysis Co-operator at ATA Engineering and worked there for around three years.
  • In 2011, Sirisha joined L-3 Communications Integrated Systems as a Mechanical Engineer.
  • The following year, she became the Associate Director in the space policy department of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), an industrial association of spaceflight companies.

    Sirisha Bandla posing with the XCOR X-Racer

    Sirisha Bandla posing with the XCOR X-Racer

  • In July 2015, Bandla joined Virgin Galatic (British-American spaceflight company) as a Government Affairs officer and was later promoted to Business Development and Government Affairs Manager in 2017.

    Virgin Galatic office

    Virgin Galatic office

  • She has also worked as a Business Development & Government Affairs Manager and Director of Washington Operations at Virgin Orbit.
  • In January 2021, Sirisha became the Vice President of Government Affairs o the Virgin Group.

    Sirisha Bandla with the Unity 22 test flight team

    Sirisha Bandla with the Unity 22 test flight team

  • She is also serving as a member of the board of directors of the American Astronautical Society and Future Space Leaders Foundation (as of 2021).

    Sirisha Bandla's closet

    Sirisha Bandla’s closet

  • She has also been a part of the Telugu Association of North America (TANA), one of the oldest and biggest Indo-American organizations in North America.
  • In July 2021, she took to Twitter to share her excitement to fly into space.

    Sirisha Bandla's tweet

    Sirisha Bandla’s tweet

  • After Sirisha’s tweet, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took to Twitter to congratulate her. While sharing two pictures- a solo picture of Sirisha and one featuring all six members of the crew, he tweeted,

    Indian-origin women continue to break the proverbial glass ceiling and prove their mettle. On July 11th, Sirisha Bandla with Telugu roots is set to fly to space aboard VSS Unity with Richard Branson and the team marking the dawn of the new space age, making all Indians proud!”

  • Sirisha likes to travel and do adventure sports whenever she is free.
  • She is well versed in two languages- English and Telugu.
  • Sirisha is currently residing in Washington D.C. (as of 2021).
  • She is fond of cats and owns a pet cat.

    Sirisha Bandla with her pet

    Sirisha Bandla with her pet

  • In one of his interviews, her grandfather revealed that Bandla used to visit NASA during her family’s stay in Houston. He said,

    She was so interested in flying an aircraft that even after she could not make it to NASA due to a condition in her eyesight, she pursued higher education in the same field. For those like her, she has done videos on YouTube — ‘lessons from Bandla Sirisha’ on how to get into the Space industry.”

  • She was very brave and active in childhood. While talking about Sirisha’s childhood in an interview, her paternal grandfather said,

    When I used to come home late at night, I used to discourage her from stepping out. But she would always tell me not to worry and that she could take care of herself.”

  • During an interview, her maternal grandfather also shared a few memories from Sirisha’s childhood. He said,

    Even during a power cut when other children of her age would be scared of the pitch darkness around, she was not one of them.”

  • After returning from space on July 11, 2021, Ms. Bandla shared her experience with the media. She said,

    I am kind of still up there but (I’m) so glad to be here. I was trying to think of a better word than incredible but that is the only word that comes to my mind…Seeing the view of Earth is so life-changing…The whole trip to space and back is just amazing.”

    Sirisha Bandla looks out the window at Earth in zero gravity on board Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity after reaching the edge of space on July 11, 2021

    Sirisha Bandla looks out the window at Earth in zero gravity on board Virgin Galactic’s passenger rocket plane VSS Unity after reaching the edge of space on July 11, 2021