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Updated: Jul 22, 2021

Hamish Harding and Terry Virts
One More Orbit Mission Directors


On July 9-11, 50 years after man first walked on the Moon, Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding and former International Space Station Commander Col. Terry Virts will attempt to break 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. They will push the boundaries of human ingenuity – just like the Apollo 11 mission half a century ago.

Map of the One More Orbit route across the Poles
One More Orbit Planned Route

One More Orbit is a 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.

Plan image of Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER
Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER

The record is being attempted 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 will launch the record attempt from, and return 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 will start at 09:32 EDT – the same time as Apollo 11.

The One More Orbit flight team
One More Orbit flight team

The speed record will be certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™.

Follow the mission as it happens at or on our livestream in real-time, and engage with me in the comments below – look forward to hearing from you!

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