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Engineer from Maharashtra is part of team that built Jeff Bezo's rocket

Sanjal Gavande's father Ashok is a retired Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation officer, and her mother Surekha is a retired MTNL employee.

July 19, 2021 / 11:08 AM IST
Sanjal Gavande is an alumna of University of Mumbai, after which she went to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University. (Image: Facebook/Its All About Kalyan)

Sanjal Gavande is an alumna of University of Mumbai, after which she went to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University. (Image: Facebook/Its All About Kalyan)

Sanjal Gavande, an engineer from Maharashtra, is a part of the team that built Blue Origin's rocket that will take billionaire Jeff Bezos and three others to space.

The 30-year-old systems engineer from Kalyan had worked with Mercury Marine and Toyota Racing Development before joining Blue Origin, The Times of India has reported. She is also a licensed commercial pilot.

"I am really happy that my childhood dream is about to come true. I am proud to be a part of Team Blue Origin," Gavande told the publication.

Also read: 18-year-old Oliver Daemen joining Blue Origin's 1st passenger spaceflight

Gavande is an alumna of the University of Mumbai, after which she went to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University.

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Gavande's father Ashok is a retired Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation officer, and her mother Surekha is a retired MTNL employee.

Also read: Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic's crew successfully completes flight to space

"From childhood, my daughter has been into space and we are proud that from making car engines she has graduated to rockets," Surekha Gavande told The Times of India.

The sub-orbital trip on the New Shepard rocket will take place on July 20.  Accompanying Bezos on the trip is his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk, a former test pilot, and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen.
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first published: Jul 19, 2021 11:08 am

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