Subscribe Free
in Business Aviation

Qatar Executive in Pole position for historic orbit

Posted 11 July 2019 · Add Comment

A Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER is on schedule to create history later today when it lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The business jet, with Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding. Astronaut Terry Virts at the controls are attempting to beat the world record for circling the globe via both poles. 
The mission, titled One More Orbit, was designed to pay tribute to the achievements of the Apollo missions by highlighting how humans push the boundaries of aeronautics. The mission set off on Tuesday (July 9, 2019) at 9:32 a.m. – exactly the same time as the original Apollo 11 flight 50 years ago
The flight which is live streaming on the One More Orbit site and tracked by Satcom Direct was ahead of schedule and is showing an ETA at Kennedy at 12:15 UTC – a time that will smash the record by several hours.
“To break the current record, which is unchallenged since 2008, we’ll need to push the limits of speed and aircraft performance,” said Harding. “We are also making the whole attempt carbon neutral and hopefully, our record will be certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and Guinness World Record.”
“This is our way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, as we bring focus to the past, present and future of space exploration. We will keep in touch with folks on the ground, with a live stream powered by inflight connectivity provider Satcom Direct, documenting the 25,000-mile (40,000 km) journey,” says Virts, a former Commander of the International Space Station and NASA Space Shuttle pilot. “My ISS crewmate, Russian cosmonaut Col. Gennady Padalka, will be joining us in the spirit of international cooperation as we fly 'one more orbit.'”
“Qatar Executive is very proud to partner with One More Orbit to make this attempt at breaking the world record possible,” said Ettore Rodaro, Executive Vice President, Qatar Executive. “The Gulfstream G650ER is the fastest ultra-long-range business jet in the world. It has phenomenal range capabilities, industry-leading cabin technology and unparalleled passenger comfort, making it the perfect aircraft to attempt this mission on. It can fly at a faster speed for longer distances than any other jet, with its incredible 7,500 nautical mile (13,890 km) range.”
Their route took them direct over the North Pole. “From there, we stop in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan to refuel, before flying to Mauritius to begin the South Pole leg of the journey. After another brief refueling stopover in Punta Arenas, Chile, we’ll return to Florida. At a sustained 516 mph (827 km/h) for the entire trip, we aim to break the current record by around 23 minutes over the 48-hour mission. Refueling stops will be handled like Grand Prix pit stops,” Harding said.
Virts, a filmmaker known for his work on the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, along with Jim Evans producer at mission partner Untitled Inc., are chronicling the meticulous preparations and the mission itself, framing the journey in a documentary about the attempt.
"The logistics of pulling this mission off, from a global broadcast standpoint, are tremendous,” says Evans. “Our worldwide network of production talent are making this happen as a global live streaming event and documentary. We're creating the ability to connect the mission with major outlets including iHeart media, Anderson Cooper Full Circle and the BBC."

Inside the cabin: members of the record breaking team, relax in the cabin as the Qatar Executive jet crosses Colombia this morning
 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Gulf Air to transform Falconflyer programme

Gulf Air has selected IBS Software as a partner to enhance its Falconflyer loyalty programme (FFP) and provide Gulf Air with the flexibility to adapt its Falconflyer programme to meet the needs of travellers and enhance its members

NAS and World Economic Forum partner to share traveller vaccine records

National Aviation Services (NAS) has partnered with the World Economic Forum to enhance safe air travel by using its KuwaitMosafer platform to share Kuwait’s vaccine records with countries and airlines across the globe.

Etihad Airways celebrates the UAE’s Year of the 50th

Etihad Airways has unveiled a year-long programme in celebration of the 50 years since the nation was established. The programme will launch in three phases, focusing on the past, the present and looking forward to the future.

Bombardier completes 100th Global 7500 business jet wing

Bombardier is celebrating the completion of the 100th wing for its Global 7500 business jet, a significant milestone for the industry-leading aircraft and for the company’s facility in Red Oak, Texas, where the advanced wing is

Emirates and Sheraa sign MOU

Emirates has signed an MoU with Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) to strengthen and expand the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the UAE.

Sanad closes US$ 55M financing deal with Commercial Bank of Dubai

Sanad Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company and the global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader, has closed a US$ 55 million debt financing deal with the Commercial Bank of Dubai, one of the

WDS SK2601090322
See us at
DAS21_BTWorld Defence Show 2022Aviation Africa 2021 BTNNAviation MENA 2021