"I hope he doesn't blow something up, " retired NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger said as Hughes caught the attention of people everywhere. He pushed himself about 570 metres into the air in his homemade vessel before a hard landing in the Mojave Desert that left him slightly bruised. He worked on his rocket from his garage and modified a mobile home to serve as a ramp for his launch.
"This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways", said Mr Hughes, who had an altimeter in his cockpit to measure his altitude.
The daredevil blasted off shortly after 3pm local time with no countdown or fanfare. The rocket launched up and it was at an estimated speed of 350 miles per hour.
Hughes was forced to deploy a second parachute as the rocket began falling too quickly. The daredevil landed bluntly with the rocket's nose breaking in two places - as it was created to do.
"Am I glad I did it? I manned up and did it", he was quoted to the Associated Press. Hughes sought permission to make his launch on the land owned by Albert Okura.
In total, the flight lasted between three to four minutes, and the rocket itself landed roughly half a mile from the ramp.
"Mad" Mike believes, of course mistakenly, that the Earth is flat, and his plan since November 2017 has been to launch himself upwards of 1,800 feet, with the goal of making it high enough to prove the planet's flatness, though that's down the line, he has said. Waldo Stakes who helped Hughes noted how he kept trying to tell Mike to continue charging the rocket so it can get hotter.
In a video by Noize TV yesterday, Hughes is seen stepping into the top cone of the rocket, with his helmet-covered head facing the heavens, the desert mountains in the background. He had got a lot of negative reaction for his plans and he was labelled a crackpot for launching a home-made rocket contraption.
Some naysayers have posted things like "He'll be fine" with a picture of Wile E. Coyote strapped to a rocket. Linenger orbited the globe more than 2,000 times during four months in 1997. He also mentioned that rocketry is not as easy as it looks. He wants to build a "Rockoon", a rocket that is carried into the atmosphere by a gas-filled balloon, then separated from the balloon and lit. He announced to the world he was planning to fly a self-made rocket ship, which he had spent several years building, into the sky so he could look down and prove that the Earth is flat once and for all.
"My story really is incredible", he said. The rocket was nestled into scaffolding attached to Hughes' "Flat Earth" plastered truck. His rocket took a bit of a beating, though. The problem is it brings out all the nuts also, people questioning everything.
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