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Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:34 PM

'Mad' Flat-Earther to Launch Himself 5,000 Feet Up on a Homemade Steam Rocket Sunday

Source: Space.com

'Mad' Flat-Earther to Launch Himself 5,000 Feet Up on a Homemade Steam Rocket Sunday

By Chelsea Gohd a day ago Spaceflight

Amateur rocketeer Mike Hughes is reaching for new heights.

"Mad" Mike Hughes a flat-Earther, rocket builder and daredevil who previously launched himself 1,875 feet (572 meters) into the air on a homemade rocket will attempt to launch himself again to a much higher altitude this Sunday (Aug. 11). The attempt will be filmed by the Science Channel for the upcoming new series "Homemade Astronauts."

In March 2018, after a few failed attempts, Hughes successfully launched aboard his rocket and survived the trip, landing via parachute. The then-62-year-old Hughes walked away with some soreness and a compressed vertebra, he told Space.com. In the upcoming launch attempt, Hughes will aim for an even greater height: 5,000 feet (1,500 m).

Hughes will lift off aboard a refurbished, improved version of the steam-powered rocket he launched last year. He told Space.com that he's using steam to propel his rocket because it is both inexpensive and relatively simple. "There's no fuel cost; it's water," he said. "Homemade Astronauts," which is set to premiere in 2020, showcases civilians who endeavor to build and launch rockets and equipment for spaceflight.

Hughes again will take off from a mobile platform another unique aspect of this home-brewed launch setup. In 2018, he launched "from the back of a motor home that I bought off Craigslist," he said, adding that this time, he will launch "on the back of a semi that was given to me." Sunday's liftoff will take place thanks to funding from hud, a casual dating and hookup app (yes, really), according to a press release.

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Read more: https://www.space.com/flat-earther-mad-mike-hughes-august-2019-launch.html

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Reply 'Mad' Flat-Earther to Launch Himself 5,000 Feet Up on a Homemade Steam Rocket Sunday (Original post)
Eugene Aug 10 OP
Crabby Appleton Aug 10 #1
Downtown Hound Aug 10 #2
BannonsLiver Aug 10 #3
BigmanPigman Aug 10 #4
Blue_true Aug 10 #7
NRaleighLiberal Aug 10 #5
Thekaspervote Aug 10 #17
eppur_se_muova Aug 10 #6
Blue_true Aug 10 #8
Claritie Pixie Aug 10 #9
royable Aug 10 #10
Downtown Hound Aug 11 #18
A HERETIC I AM Aug 10 #11
CentralMass Aug 10 #12
RockRaven Aug 10 #13
zackymilly Aug 10 #14
AJT Aug 10 #15
Blue Owl Aug 10 #16
Grown2Hate Aug 11 #22
TeamPooka Aug 11 #19
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Captain Zero Aug 11 #21

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:37 PM

1. What could go wrong? Nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:37 PM

2. I am not even remotely opposed to this plan

Hope he has made out his will.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:39 PM

3. The "Science Channel"

Highlighting people who don't believe in basic science.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:42 PM

4. What will he say when he gets so high he sees the horizon is curved

and NOT flat. Bon Voyage "mad" Mike.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:49 PM

7. He won't remotely see that at 5,000 feet.

Most commercial airplanes fly in the 25,000 to 40,000 feet range. If you look down on the West (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico) from a plane window, you see pure flat (except for mountains) on a clear day.

I don't know how far up a person has to get to start seeing Earth curvature, maybe someone with knowledge in that area can weigh in.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:42 PM

5. Go for it, mad Mike!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 10:12 PM

17. Could ya like take the dotard with you??!!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:46 PM

6. Likely to soon be a flattened flat-earther ... nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 08:52 PM

8. He likely has a bailout parachute. The biggest danger is his rocket

falling on someone on the ground who is unaware. If I understand he does the tests on the salt flats, which are unpopulated for large distances.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 09:07 PM

9. 5000 feet isn't high enough. So stupid.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 09:08 PM

10. Why not just hike or drive up a ten thousand foot mountain

Plenty of them out West.

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Response to royable (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 12:34 AM

18. Because then he wouldn't get idiots

And those seeking publicity to give give him money through sponsorships. I'm somewhere around 90 percent sure that this guy is one giant troll, and all this flat Earth crap is just to get attention so people will fund his "Daredevil" stunts.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 09:12 PM

11. Again?

His attempt at this nonsense a year ago almost killed him!



Nutcase.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 09:13 PM

12. ...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 09:33 PM

13. From what I've read/heard elsewhere, this guy is just a grifter who realized flat-earthism

was a schtick which had a combined audience of a) moronic conspiracy believers and b) people who would indulge him "ironically" and both groups would give him money to fund his stunts/experiments.

His history of stunts, dare-devil-ism, etc predates his involvement with flat earth belief.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hughes_(daredevil)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 09:36 PM

14. He is not a flat-earther. He only claimed to be to get funding from the flat-earthers...

...for his rocket in 2018. He needed money to complete the project and they were the only ones offering it to him.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 09:51 PM

15. You can't see the curve of the earth at 5000 feet. What a moron.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Aug 10, 2019, 10:07 PM

16. Did he claim that people from across the globe will be watching?

n/t

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #16)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 04:59 PM

22. I see what you did there. Maybe he'll get a big round of applause.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 01:17 AM

19. Bless his heart. nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 01:19 AM

20. Do your thing, Darwinism

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:12 AM

21. Probably using Clean Coal to build up that steam charge.

Scotty: "I'm giving her all I got, Captain !"

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