Indian-American pilot Gopi Thotakura selected to join Blue Origin’s next space flight tour

Indian-American Pilot Gopi Thotakura to Travel to Edge of Space on Blue Origin’s Next Flight

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Gopi Thotakura, a pilot, is set to become the first Indian to travel to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s next flight. Thotakura will be a part of the six-person crew flying on Blue Origin’s NS-25 mission, although the dates of the mission are yet to be announced.

According to Blue Origin, “Gopi is a pilot and aviator who learned how to fly before he could drive.” In addition to being a commercial pilot, Thotakura is also a medical jet pilot and an avid traveler who recently conquered the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Thotakura, a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is also the co-founder of Preserve Life, a global center for holistic wellness and applied health near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Born in Vijayawada, Gopi studied at Sarala Birla Academy in Bengaluru.

Blue Origin, led by CEO Jeff Bezos, has conducted six crewed flights since July 2021. The company’s reusable New Shepard rocket will take the crew, including Thotakura, above the Karman line, an internationally recognized boundary of space 62 miles (100 km) above the Earth’s surface, in a typical 11-minute flight.

The upcoming flight marks a significant milestone for Thotakura and the Indian-American community as he ventures to the edge of space with Blue Origin. Stay tuned for more updates on this historic mission as details regarding the NS-25 mission are revealed.


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