Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-Earthers
A self-taught rocket engineer who claims he belief the earth is flat plans to launch himself virtually 2,000 feet in the air on a homemade steam projectile this Saturday.
“Mad” Mike Hughes, a 61 -year-old limo driver, told The Associated Press that he’ll be promoting off over the California ghost town of Amboy, traveling about a mile at 500 mph, contacting 1,800 hoofs in altitude and then exiting via parachute.
The amateur rocket scientist has been clearing national headlines not just for the stunt, but for his self-professed fantastic demeanour toward science, given the circumstances.
For one thing, his main sponsors in the endeavor is apparently a group announced Research Flat Earth. Photos that Hughes has posted on Facebook depict the words “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” decorated in large letters across the luminous red rocket’s side.
“I don’t believe in science, ” Hughes told AP. “I is well known aerodynamics and liquid dynamics and how things move around the air, about the sure-fire length of rocket nozzles, and shove. But that’s not science, that’s exactly a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”
His eventual proposal, he said, is to launching a rocket into cavity so he can see for himself whether or not the earth is flat.
While a homemade rocket built by someone who claims to not believe in science seems a little alarming, Hughes does have some know under his region. In 2014, he floated a manned rocket more than 1,000 feet over Winkelman, Arizona.
In 2016, he planned another open up the two sides of Texas’ Palo Duro Canyon, but ultimately canceled after some of his last-minute exams were “absolutely harsh, ” the Amarillo Globe-News reported at the time. He was also gifted a 2002 Guinness World Record for the longest ramp jump in a limousine.
The Washington Post has raised the issues to of whether Hughes’ flat-eartherism is perhaps more opportunistic than sincere, pointing out that he only “converted” to the philosophy after failing to come up with enough fund to store his latest programme on his own. The projectile has expensed about $20,000 until now, is in accordance with AP.
When Hughes firstly imagined of the launch, he attempted to fund it via a Kickstarter safarus that didn’t mention any skepticism about discipline or the generally acknowledged chassis of countries around the world.
According to Hughes’ website, the launching is set to come about Saturday. The affair won’t be open to the public, but “will be available on internet[ pay-per-view ]. ”
Correction: An earlier version of such articles incorrectly stated that Palo Duro Canyon was in California. It’s in Texas . em>