After Richard Branson’s great show where he carried Andhra Pradesh-born Sirisha Bandla and other space travelers on his shoulders after successfully flying the edge of space, it’s time for the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos applaud Sanjal Gavande, one of the main engineers who designed the New Shephard rocket to take Bezos and his crew into space on July 20.
Billionaire Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space aboard what is billed as the world’s first unmanned suborbital flight.
Born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, Gavande is a systems engineer at Blue Origin who has always dreamed of designing aerospace rockets.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai, she flew to the United States in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.
She also applied for a job as an engineer at the US space agency NASA, but eventually landed her dream job at Blue Origin.
Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Mary Wallace ‘Wally’ Funk and other passengers are scheduled to take off from West Texas and travel just beyond the edge of space on July 20.
Blue Origin announced this week that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school student from the Netherlands, will join the crew.
Oliver is the son of millionaire Joes Daemen, founder and CEO of Dutch investment firm Somerset Capital Partners. Blue Origin, however, has not revealed how much Daemen paid for his son’s trip to space.
Bezos chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Blue Origin’s first human flight launch site will be in a remote location north of Van Horn, Texas, from where the company had launched New Shepard for previous flights.
Blue Origin has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to transport humans on the New Shepard rocket into space.
On July 12, Bandla touched the edge of space along with three other people, including billionaire Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson.
Bandla jumped into space aboard VSS Unity 22. After the successful space flight, Branson carried the Indo-American on his shoulders while celebrating their space flight, at Spaceport America in New Mexico. — IANS