Man Who Wanted To Prove World Is Flat Dies Crashing Homemade Rocket

Tom Gantert

A daredevil pilot who believed the world was flat crashed in a homemade rocket after the parachute came off at launch.

Barstow, CA – A daredevil pilot was killed after piloting a homemade rocket that came crashing to the ground shortly after it took off.

In a video that captured the fatal incident, the parachute could be seen coming off moments after the rocket took off. (Video below)

Mike Hughes, 64, crashed landed in his steam-powered rocket on Saturday, according to British Broadcasting Corporation.

Hughes, known as “Mad Mike,” had told people he believed that Earth was flat and he hoped to confirm that someday by going into space. Many news reports stated that was why Hughes did the launch, but Space.com said that was not accurate.

The launch on Saturday was filmed as part of a new TV series about amateur rocket makers called Homemade Astronauts. It was reportedly to be aired on the US Science Channel, according to the BBC.

Justin Chapman is a freelance journalist who witnessed the crash and posted video of it on his Twitter account.

Hughes had the help of Waldo Stakes in his venture, according to Space.com. They had hoped the rocket would take Hughes as high as 5,000 feet into the air.

Space.com reported that Hughes said he had successfully launched himself 1,875 feet into the air in 2018 in an earlier version of the homemade rocket. He told Space.com that his landing from that launch was so hard it caused a compressed vertebra.

“It’s a dangerous thing to do,” Hughes told Space.com in 2018. “Anything [going wrong] could be catastrophic.”

The Washington Post reported that Hughes had wanted to launch himself into space back in November of 2017 but had to postpone it after federal agencies would not permit it on public land.

Space.com reported that Hughes tried another launch in August of 2019 but that was cancelled due to a faulty water heater that he bought on Craigslist.

Watch the video here:

Comments (35)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Home made steam powered hand built rocket.. what could go wrong?
Darwinism at its finest.

No. 1-16
JBoH
JBoH

"They had hoped the rocket would take Hughes as high as 5,000 feet into the air."

Just buy an airline ticket for $100 and fly to 35,000 feet. Lot more simple.

Clearboard1
Clearboard1

Idiot.

Disgruntled_in_Cali
Disgruntled_in_Cali

Human lawn dart.....

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Earth be like, "Who's flat now, sucka?"

Anomie88
Anomie88

Well he proved one thing: Gravity.

Sargejh
Sargejh

This story was all over social media. Just wondering how it’s relevant to Blue Lives Matter. 🤔

Stanracer
Stanracer

DOH!!!!!

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

He was a real dumb-ass.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

I can say with utmost certainty that he was a Democrat.

There can't be any other species that can be that dumb.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

In another story the truth came out. He is the brother of Adam Schiff, but smarter!

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

This DOES prove that all the cuckoos are not in clocks!

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Uhm, Houston? We have a problem.

flybynight
flybynight

I can't make out those patches on his shall we say "flight suit" but I would surely avoid their products.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

darwin award candidate?

Toxic Pacman
Toxic Pacman

Woohoo! check me out! Is that my parachute?


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