On July 9-11 2019, 50 years after man first walked on the Moon, Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding and former International Space Station Commander Col. Terry Virts broke the Round-the-World record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER ultra long-range business jet. The attempt pushed the boundaries of human ingenuity - just like the Apollo 11 mission half a century ago.

New World Record :

46h, 40min, 22sec

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Flight Path Summary: 
 

  • Leg One (North Pole) : Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA -> Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan​.

  • Leg two (Equator) : Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan -> Mauritius​

  • Leg Three (South Pole) : Mauritius -> Punta Arenas, Chile.

  • Leg Four (Equator) : Punta-Arenas, Chile -> Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

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One More Orbit is a successful multinational attempt to break the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the earth via both poles, in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER ultra long-range business jet.

The record was accomplished during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing, as a tribute to the past, present, and future of space exploration. The team launched the record attempt from, and returned for the finish to, Space Florida's Launch and Landing Facility (the former Shuttle Landing Facility) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, from where Apollo 11 launched their historic mission 50 years ago. The mission started at 09:32 EDT – the same time as Apollo 11.

Capt. Hamish Harding

Action Aviation chairman, Mission Director 

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Guinness World Records 2021

The fastest circumnavigation of Earth via both the geographic poles by aeroplane is 46 hrs 40 mins 22 secs, achieved by Captain Hamish Harding (UK), Captain Jacob Bech (Denmark), Captain Jeremy Ascough (South Africa), Captain Yevgen Vasylenko (Ukraine) and Qatar Executive (Qatar) at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA on 11 July 2019.

 

The attempt made three stops for fuel along the way: in Chile, Kazakhstan, and Mauritius.

One More Orbit certified by FÉDÉRATION AÉRONAUTIQUE INTERNATIONALE for 13 speed records on Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER aircraft.

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CAPT. HAMISH HARDING

United Kingdom

Action Aviation chairman, Mission Director and one of the four pilots

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COL. TERRY VIRTS

United States

Astronaut (International Space Station commander, Space Shuttle astronaut. Soyuz astronaut) and US Air Force test pilot

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COL. GENNADY PADALKA

Russia

Cosmonaut, Hero Of Russia (International Space Station commander, Mir and Soyuz cosmonaut, record holder for the most days in space by any human - 879 days)

CAPT. JACOB OVE BECH
(DENMARK), PILOT

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MAGDALENA STAROWICZ
(POLAND), FLIGHT ATTENDANT

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CAPT. JEREMY ASCOUGH
(SOUTH AFRICA), PILOT

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CAPT. IAN CAMERON
(UNITED KINGDOM), DIRECTOR OF THE MISSION CONTROL CENTRE

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CAPT. YEVGEN VASYLENKO
(UKRAINE), PILOT

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BENJAMIN RUEGER
(GERMANY), LEAD ENGINEER

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JANNICKE MIKKELSEN, FNF
(NORWAY), LIVE-STREAM ENGINEER, CINEMATOGRAPHER

 
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The fastest ultra-long-range business jet in the world, the Gulfstream G650ER is capable of reaching Mach 0.925 and sustaining a comfortable Mach 0.90. Powered by two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 Turbofans delivering 16,900 pounds of thrust, the extended range variant is capable of flying 7,500 nautical miles at up to 51,000ft

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ONE MORE ORBIT

On July 9-11 2019, One More Orbit, broke the Round-the-World record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles.

The record-setting flight One More Orbit was lead by Mission Directors

Capt. Hamish Harding, Chairman of Action Aviation & Col. Terry Virts, NASA Astronaut, who alongside a crew of eight aviators pushed the boundaries of human ingenuity by circumnavigating Earth via both geographic poles in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER ultra-long-range business jet. 

 

The record was accomplished during the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing, as a tribute to the past, present, and future of space exploration. One More Orbit launched from Space Florida's Launch and Landing Facility (the former Shuttle Landing Facility) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, from where Apollo 11 launched their historic mission 50 years ago. The One More Orbit flight mission launched at 09:32 EDT – the exact same time as Apollo 11. The record-breaking flight mission has since become a book and feature documentary.

One More Orbit speed record is certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™.

New World Record :

46h, 40min, 22sec

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Flight Path Summary: 
 

  • Leg One (North Pole) : Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA -> Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan​.

  • Leg two (Equator) : Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan -> Mauritius​

  • Leg Three (South Pole) : Mauritius -> Punta Arenas, Chile.

  • Leg Four (Equator) : Punta-Arenas, Chile -> Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

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Statistics

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Flight Mission Statistics: 
 

  • Call Sign: One More Orbit

  • Official World Record Time: 46hrs, 40min, 22sec

  • Total Distance Traveled: 22 422 NM (40 172 KM)

  • Speed To Beat: 444 KTS (822 KM/HR)

  • One More Orbit Average Speed: 465 KTS (861 KM/HR)

  • Time To Beat: 52hrs, 31min, 48sec

  • One More Orbit Final Flight Time: 46hrs, 40min, 22sec

  • Time Margin: 5hrs, 51min, 26sec

  • Views: Between the live stream, social media, CNN Anderson Cooper's Full Circle, and Extra. One More Orbit has 55 million views and counting.

  • Green Flight Mission: One More Orbit partnered with The Carbon Underground to achieve a Carbon Negative flight mission.

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One More Orbit Flight Path Map

Flight Path Summary: 
 

  • Leg One (North Pole) : Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA -> Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan​.

  • Leg two (Equator) : Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan -> Mauritius​.

  • Leg Three (South Pole) : Mauritius -> Punta Arenas, Chile.

  • Leg Four (Equator) : Punta-Arenas, Chile -> Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

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