30 March 2020

Watch out Elon: flat-Earth-believer to blast himself

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Self-proclaimed daredevil and amateur engineer Mike Hughes is earning money as a limo driver but making headlines with his elevated aspirations. Last year, he flew 572 metres into the air in a garage-made rocket. Despite the hard landing, resulting in compressed vertebra, he now aims at a new milestone to conquer. reports citing foreign media that flat Earth conspiracy advocate Mike Hughes is planning to shoot himself up 1,500 metres in a self-made rocket on Sunday, the web outlet reports. He hopes his machine will hit speeds of about 640 kilometres per hour. The rocket launch will be performed in California’s Mojave Desert.

"I believe the Earth is flat. But this flat Earth has nothing to do with the steam rocket launches”, he said, adding “It never did; it never will. I'm a daredevil!"

Even if the launch proves to be a success, he does not plan to stop at 1,500 metres and eyes reaching the Karman line, where space begins, which is 100,000 metres high. For this, Hughes and his rocket designer Waldo Stakes are developing a so-called "rock-oon" (part rocket, part balloon). The venture is quite costly and the pair will have to fundraise $2.8 million for it, a considerable sum for Hughes who makes his living as a limo driver.

"People think I'm rich and I'm making all this money off these rocket launches. Hell, I'm on Medicaid!" the rocketeer revealed.

2019.08.10 / 19:38
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