Space Tourism Activist
Sirisha Bandla believes in making space more accessible to all through Space Tourism. For the past five years, Sirisha has served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Virgin Galactic, supporting both LauncherOne and SpaceShipTwo programs within Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit. She has successfully grown the presence of both companies inside the Washington D.C. beltway through engagement with Congress, the White House and NASA. Sirisha leads Virgin Galactic’s efforts on policy, regulation and the business development program for scientific payloads. Sirisha also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Astronautical Society, Future Space Leaders Foundation, and American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. She also helps to coordinate the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program, a mentorship program for students interested in pursuing a career in the commercial space industry.
Previously, Sirisha served as the Associate Director for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), an industry association of commercial spaceflight companies. At CSF, Sirisha worked on various policies with the aim to promote the commercial space industry and make commercial spaceflight a reality. Before CSF, she worked as an aerospace engineer, designing components for advanced aircraft.
Sirisha envisions a future where the number of people who have gone into space over the last 50 years, will double within the next 10 years.