Last Updated on June 17, 2020 by Darshan Modi
Is Earth round or flat? It has been under debate for many years. Here is a person who is damn sure that Earth is flat and in order to prove it, he has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket. He is Mad Mike Hughes, a self-taught rocket scientist from California. You might think how he can launch himself in his rocket? Doesn’t he have any fear? Is it not dangerous? Don’t he have belief in science? Many questions will arise in your minds on hearing this. To get answers to your questions continue to read.
Mike Hughes Superhuman Superpower
“Mad” Mike Hughes is the first person to design, build and launch himself in his own rocket. In spite of many criticisms, he is confident that one day he can prove that Earth is flat. He wants to enter space with his rocket, take snap a picture of Earth and prove with his own eyes that it is flat.
Mike Hughes was born in the year 1956.
Early Life of Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes has raced motorcycles, worked as crew chief (auto racing) in National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In 2002, he had set a Guinness world record with a 103-foot jump of a Lincoln Town Car stretch limo according to Ars Technica.
About Mike Hughes
Mad Mike Hughes is a 61 years old limo driver and self-taught rocket scientist who lives in Apple Valley, California. He earns $15 per hour plus tips as a limousine driver. He is called as a daredevil as he has designed & built a steam powered rocket on his own and launched himself in it. His aim is to enter space with this rocket and prove that Earth is flat by taking photograph of the same. In the year 2014, Hughes built his first manned rocket and flew a quarter-mile which is 1,374 feet over Winkelman, Arizona. He was collapsed due to the g-forces while trying to land because of problem. It took 3 days for him to recover after that incident which had led him to be carried out of the rocket. He was also been in walker for two weeks after that.
Mike designed and built his rocket using salvage parts in his garage, aluminium in metal shops, aircraft air filter for nozzle & Rust-Oleum paint in a motor home. He did his project in the property leased from Waldo Stakes, the CEO of Land Speed Research Vehicles. The total amount he spent for the project is $20,000. The rocket is projected to reach speeds of over 500 mph. He has planned to launch himself 1,800 feet into the air in order to prove that Earth is flat. For this project, he started his fundraising attempt by launching a kick-starter campaign in the year 2016 but he was able to raise only $310. After that, he got support from Flat Earth Community for his second campaign on GoFundMe which was titled Flat Earth Community Rocket Launch organized by Research Flat Earth. It raised almost $8,000 fund which was given to Hughes in exchange of mentioning Research Flat Earth slogan on the sides of the rocket.
Initially, Hughes had planned to launch the rocket in an airstrip in Amboy, a ghost town in the Mojave Desert on 25th November, 2017 but for that, he was not given proper approval from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). BLM directed him to FAA for the approval to conduct the launch in that location as it was a public property. Due to the approval problem and some mechanical problem in rocket launcher, the launch was not able to done on that day. Hence, he had postponed it to 2nd December, 2017 and also had changed the location to a private property owned by Albert Okurafour miles away. But still BLM maintains that some permits need to filled by Hughes.
Mike Hughes still keep on approaching for the required approval to carry out the launch. He is confident that he will one day prove to the world that Earth is flat. Future plans of Hughes is to run for governor of California and an excursion into space in a Rockoon.
Genetic or Learned
Fearless nature of Mike Hughes and his ability to build a rocket on his own without having belief in science can be well termed as genetic. Somehow from his invention we can guess that he would have also learnt some techniques before proceeding.
Guinness World Records
For jumping 102 feet in a Lincoln Town Car stretch limo in 2002.
Names known by
- “Mad” Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes Youtube Videos
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- Daily Mail UK
- Huffington Post
- USA Today
- Washington post
- Sky News
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- Flying Mag
- Economic Times
- News Week USA
- Popular Mechanics
- Lad Bible
- The Sun UK
- South China Morning Post
- Wired Bugs