Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos is set to fly into space along with a crew on July 20. Among those involved in the building of the rocket that will launch Bezos to space is Sanjal Gavande, a resident of Kalyan in Maharashtra.
Sanjal Gavande, 30, is part of the team that built the rocket system New Shepard for Bezos’s space exploration company Blue Origin.
Daughter of a municipal corporation employee, Sanjal Gavande lives in Kolsewadi locality in Kalyan. She completed her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Mumbai and then went to Michigan Technologic University in the US to pursue her Masters. While pursuing the course, Gavande opted for aerospace as a subject in her curriculum.
Speaking to India Today, Sanjal Gavande’s parents said their daughter has finally achieved what she aimed for. “She always wanted to build a spaceship and that is the reason she chose aerospace as a subject while pursuing her Masters degree at Michigan Technological University. She worked with Mercury Marine after finishing her Masters at Wisconsin. Then she went to work with Toyota racing development at Orange City in California,” her father Ashok Gavande said.
“She even got a commercial pilots license in the US. She wanted to join Blue Origin. She would look on the website and then apply whenever she saw some openings. After her application was approved, she also cleared the interview and joined Blue Origin. We just supported her and she achieved everything on her own,” he added.
Sanjal Gavande’s mother Surekha said, “She was a silent girl since childhood and good in studies. She was also good in drawing and won many accolades, which helped her in mechanical design when she chose mechanical engineering.”
“People told us that she is a girl and why has she opted for mechanical engineering? I also thought sometimes about whether she would be able to handle such hard work. She has now made us all proud. She had a dream of design aerospace rockets and she has achieved it,” she added.
Source: India Today