Self-taught rocket scientist plans to launch over ghost town

Another gem from the bowels of the Interweb.

Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who’s spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage. His project has cost him $20,000, which includes Rust-Oleum paint to fancy it up and a motor home he bought on Craigslist that he converted into a ramp.

“I don’t believe in science,” said Hughes, whose main sponsor for the rocket is Research Flat Earth. “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.”

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  1. His launch is scheduled for Saturday the 25th. If he survives I’ll update this post next week.


    1. Latest update is http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2017/11/25/mad-mike-hughes-cancels-rocket-launch-prove-earth-flat/894587001/.

      “Not having the required federal permits plus mechanical problems with his “motorhome/rocket launcher” forced self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes to put his experiment on hold. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management “told me they would not allow me to do the event … at least not at that location,” Hughes said in a YouTube announcement, amid international attention over his plans to launch into the “atmosflat.”

      “It’s been very disappointing,” he said… “My feeling is that one of the top executives at the Bureau of Land Management called Needles, California, saying… ‘What’s going on? Who permitted this?'” Hughes said. Plus, as he and his team were preparing to leave Wednesday, the motorhome/rocket launcher broke down in his driveway, he said… His plan is to try again next week.