Yesterday, Purdue-educated Indian-American astronaut Sirisha Bandla became the third woman of Indian descent to fly into space – aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity. But followers of her efforts and achievements also want to know a little about her life and family outside of astronautics: Who is Sirisha Bandla’s husband-to-be, who are her parents and what is her age?
Does Sirisha Bandla have a husband?
Not yet. However, Sirisha is engaged to electrical engineer Sean Hu.
Per his LinkedIn profile, Hu is currently the vice president of WSP USA, and manages teams of engineers designing electrical systems. As of 2021, he has been with the company for over 13 years.
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Hu and Bandla’s wedding is set to take place in May 2022, at Fort Worth, Texas. They became engaged in 2019, while on holiday.
However, the wedding has been postponed more than once, presumably due to complications brought about by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.
What is her age?
Born 22 January 1988, Sirisha Bandla celebrated her 30th birthday in 2018. Therefore, as of 2021, she is 33. She hails from Guntur, in the district of Andhra Pradesh, India, but moved to the US at a very young age. Her family settled there in the 1990s.
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Bandla attended Purdue University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
She later attended George Washington University, from 2012 to 2015, for her MBA.
It is not clear exactly when she and Richard Branson met, or started working together. However, she did nonchalantly post a picture to her Instagram feed of her talking to him during a climate march in April 2017.
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For his part, Sirisha Bandla’s future husband interned as an electrical engineer during the latter half of 2006. Given that he (presumably) achieved his Bachelor of Science before that, he is probably 36 or 37. They have known each other since at least May 2015.
What about Sirisha Bandla’s family?
Bandla grew up in Houston, Texas with her parents – father, Muralidhar Bandla and mother, Anuradha Bandla – and her sister. The ages of Sirisha Bandla’s parents are unknown.
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Her paternal grandfather, Dr Bandla Ragaiah, is a retired agricultural scientist in Guntur, according to the Deccan Herald. Bandla apparently visits her family in India regularly.
The former president of the Telugu Association of North America (TANA), V Chowdary Jampala, said of her flight: “That Sirisha is the first Telugu person/woman to be in space is interesting and important. But, Sirisha flying into space itself is the bigger story.”