Record-Setting Russian Cosmonaut Briefly Joins One More Orbit Round-the-World Trip
Umer Jamshaid Published July 10, 2019 | 09:07 PM
Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who has spent the most time in space, briefly joined an international world record flight attempt, One More Orbit, before getting off to visit the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius
The Gulfstream plane set out from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday on the two-day mission to break the 2008 record for the fastest round-the-world trip that goes over the North and South Poles. It made a refueling stop in Kazakhstan where it was joined by Padalka for the Nur-Sultan-Port Louis leg.
Hamish Harding, the chairman of UK-based aircraft company Action Aviation who leads the mission, said the Mauritius prime minister would be meeting with Padalka on Thursday to welcome him to the island.
The team of US, UK, Qatari, Danish, South African and Ukrainian pilots hopes to cover 25,803 miles and return to its starting point in just under 48 hours. They hope to break the record of a Bombardier Global Express plane that circumnavigated the Earth pole-to-pole in 52 hours and 32 minutes.