About the Indian woman in Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Team

• Sanjal Gavande is the 30-year-old woman from Maharashtra, India who is part of the team of engineers who built Blue Origin’s suborbital space rocket New Shephard.

• That is the rocket in which Jeff Bezos would go to space on 20th July with three others.

• Gavande was born in Kalyan and had always dreamed of building a spaceship.

• Ms. Gavande said, “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 completed her bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University and then left for the US to pursue a master’s in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

• Her father, Ashok Gavande said, “She worked with Mercury Marine after finishing het Masters at Wisconsin. Then she went to work with Toyota racing development at Orange City in California.”

• Ms. Gavande has applied for a job at NASA after getting her pilot’s license in 2016 but was not selected. She then applied at Blue Origin for a job and was selected as a systems engineer.

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