Flat-Earther to Launch Himself in Homemade Steam Rocket Saturday

Flat-Earther to Launch Himself in Homemade Steam Rocket Saturday

The project has cost him $20,000, including the cost of constructing a steam-powered rocket from scrap parts and the purchase of a motor home which he has constructed into a ramp for the launch of the rocket.

"I don't believe in science", said Hughes, whose main sponsor for the rocket is Research Flat Earth.

Hughes, who describes himself as "Mad Mike", recently gave an interview to Infinite Plane Society, and during the talk, he lashed out against the governments and NASA for proclaiming the ball earth theory. As of now, flat earth believers have funded more than $8,000 for the project, even though the initially set target was $150,000. All recordings and pictures from satellites in Earth orbit and elsewhere in space, in their view, are part of a huge hoax. Created By Dominic Sobieski, The white around the outside of the globe is thought to be an "Ice Wall", preventing people from falling off the surface of the earth.

Hughes also says that he doesn't believe in science. Doesn't bother him. He believes what he believes, including that the Earth is flat. However, he claims to know what he is doing.

Saturday's attempt will be streamed on Hughes' YouTube channel. He says that he knows aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, but nothing about the size of rocket nozzles and thrust. "But that's not science, that's just a formula. There's no difference between science and science fiction", AP reported. On Nov. 25, Hughes plans to test his homemade contraption for the first time in California's Mojave Desert. Hughes plans to have a parachute-assisted touchdown. He has to heat about 70 gallons of water in a stainless tank prior to launching the rocket this weekend.

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The plan, as stated, is to send himself 1,800 feet high in the air at a speed of 500 miles per hour before finally pulling out his parachutes - which, one hopes, will not be the same ones he used for another launch in 2014. He has already been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Bureau of Land Management, so we guess they have given Hughes their blessing.

This is not the first time that Hughes is performing similar stunts. He jumped on a private property in Winkelman, Arizona, on January 30, 2014, and traveled 1,374 feet. The G-forces made him collapse after the landing and he needed three days for recovery.

"If you're not scared to death, you're an idiot", Hughes says. "It's scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive".

As Ars Technica noted, Hughes has done a lot of this kind of thing, winning a Guinness World Record in 2002 for jumping "102-feet [31m] in a Lincoln Town Car stretch limo".