With her suborbital flight on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity on July 11, Sirisha Bandla became the 26th Purdue alumni to join that distinguished club. Bandla, a graduate of School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Purdue’s College of Engineering, along with fellow Purdue alum and “Cradle” member Beth Moses both joined the first fully-crewed Virgin Galactic flight 53.5 miles above the earth’s surface last week.
Dr. Steven Collicott, a professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, taught Bandla, knows Moses, and has been inspiring other Boilermakers alike to pursue a career in space exploration at one level or another.
On the latest episode of Full Steam Ahead: A Podcast About Purdue, Dr. Collicott talks with FOX59’s Adam Bartels about having Bandla as a student, watching his former students involved in space-related careers, the “cradle,” and more!
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