Watch Live: Flat-Earth Rocket Livestream As Believer Launches Self-Made Rocket
A 61-year-old self-taught scientist plans to launch himself into the skies on Saturday in a homemade rocket -- to prove the Earth is flat -- canceled his plans. Lacking federal permits, as well as admitting to mechanical problems with his "motorhome/rocket launcher," forced the daredevil to put the project on hold.
"Mad" Mike Hughes, who’s also a limo driver in California, was expected to blast off in the rocket Saturday afternoon. He was set to live stream the event on his YouTube channel. Hughes hoped to prove to everyone, including government agencies and Space X CEO Elon Musk, that our planet is not round. But the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) told him that he couldn't perform the project at his intended location.
"It's been very disappointing," Hughes said.
The self-taught rocket scientist planned to launch over the ghost town of Amboy, California, in the Mojave Desert along Route 66. The rocket was intended to travel approximately a mile at about 500 mph.
I don't believe in science," Hughes told the Associated Press. "I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain 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."
While the endeavor had sounded dangerous, this isn’t the first time Hughes has launched a rocket. Back in 2014, he launched a rocket and made it up to 1,374 feet, but then shot back down.