Col. Terry Virts
Mission Director & Astronaut
When Terry and Hamish met a few years before One More Orbit they immediately connected on aviation and began to talk about the possibility of flying around the world on a record-setting adventure. The initial plan was for Terry to be one of the pilots for the mission, but by the time we had final approval it was too late to get the required G650ER type rating, so Hamish asked him to make a movie instead. This was a dream come true for Terry, because he had been transitioning from the fighter pilot and astronaut business into the film and TV universe. Opportunities to direct a feature-length documentary with a proper budget, a crew of 200+ people, and a cool and exciting project like One More Orbit don’t come along very often. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Before his involvement with this project Terry had been a USAF fighter pilot, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, flying on both the Space Shuttle Endeavour as well as the Russian Soyuz. During his seven plus months in space he performed three spacewalks and served as commander of the International Space Station. His passion now is sharing stories from space through is speaking and writing and film. He has also had golden retrievers as long as he can remember.