Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

'Mad' Mike Hughes Finally Blasts Off in Homemade Rocket

'Mad' Mike Hughes Finally Blasts Off in Homemade Rocket

Mike Hughes, a California man who is most known for his belief that the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee, finally blasted off into the sky in a steam-powered rocket he had built himself.

Hughes used a homemade rocket to propel himself almost 1,900 ft into the sky before making a hard landing in the Mojave Desert.

The 61-year-old limo driver converted a mobile home into a ramp and modified it to launch from a vertical angle.

He said: 'Am I glad I did it? Soaring 1,875 feet off the ground Saturday, he made it back to Earth in one piece-if a little clobbered, The Associated Press reports. "I'll feel it in the morning", he said.

"I told Mike we could try to keep charging it up and get it hotter", said Waldo Stakes, who was helping Hughes with the mission. "A minimum of I could go residence and also have supper as well as see my pet cats tonite".

The Flat-Earther, who has spent around $20,000 (£14,000) pursuing his rocket dream since 2016, admitted he was "relieved" to have finally achieved his goal following several aborted attempts and ridicule from some quarters when his plan captured the attention of the world's media a year ago.

"Relieved. I'm exhausted of people saying I chickened out and didn't build a rocket". "I'm exhausted of that stuff; I manned up and did it".

While launching a rocket to prove the Earth is flat gained a lot of following, Hughes seems to have other plans in mind.

His steam-powered rocket, which was emblazoned with the phrase "RESEARCH FLAT EARTH", launched at about 3pm Pacific time, hitting a top speed of 560km/h before gracefully sailing back down to Earth's (not flat) surface aided by parachutes. "This thing will kill you in a heartbeat". "Do I know for sure? No. I believe it is", he said. "I want to do it". Hughes sought permission to make his launch on the land owned by Albert Okura. A spokeswoman for the agency, however, said its field office has no record of speaking with Hughes.

Mike's next plans are to build a "Rockoon, " a rocket that is carried into the atmosphere by a gas-filled balloon.

This has been quite an undertaking for Hughes, who lives in Apple Valley, California.

And even after all the conversations, all the arguments with "round-earthers", and several restarts on the project, Hughes maintains that his mission was bigger than proving the Earth is flat. He built his first manned rocket in 2014, the AP reported, and managed to fly a quarter-mile over Winkelman, Arizona.

The rocket landed 1500 feet from where it was launched. The problem is it brings out all the nuts also, people questioning everything.

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