Flat Earther 'Mad Mike' Killed In Homemade Rocket Crash

Clay Curtis
February 27, 2020

Mike Hughes, a daredevil known by his nickname "Mad Mike", was killed Saturday when the self-made rocket he was riding in crashed after launching in the Mojave Desert south of Barstow. The Science Channel is owned by Discovery.

Hughes made up one of three teams that were working to get as close to space as possible.

Freelance journalist Justin Chapman was covering the launch and posted a video to Twitter.

The famous daredevil, rocketeer and alleged flat-earther, Mike Hughes died in a rocket crash just hours ago. Yeah. I guess. I'll feel it in the morning.

"I love that ending, where he was able to be successful", Brusseau said. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight'.

His last attempt in 2018 got him to the 1800 foot mark, and this attempt was going to make it to the 5000 feet mark since he wanted to go up to the level where earth's atmosphere meets outer space.

The current attempt, which Hughes had partnered up with Waldo Stakes to carry out, was being documented in a Science Channel series called "Homemade Astronauts".

The 64-year-old Hughes died after the parachute on his steam-powered rocket detached during the launch, meaning that there was no way of safely landing the rocket near Barstow in the California desert.

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"Here's the thing: I personally think that I should be done with that show, because they make fun of me on it", he said. But as far as everyone else, you know, it's a cutthroat f-ing show.

Hughes told Forbes in 2018, "People think I'm rich and I'm making all this money off these rocket launches".

He set a Guinness World Record in 2002 for the longest limousine jump - over 31 metres (103 ft) in a Lincoln Town Car stretched limo.

Originally from Oklahoma City, Hughes started attending auto races with his father at 2 months old and began racing motorcycles at the age of 12, according to an author biography for his 2007 self-published book, "What Does A Limo Driver Know About NASCAR".

According to a report filed by CNN, Mad Mike wanted to use the launch as one of his experiments to prove that the earth was not spherical but flat.

In a promo video ahead of the launch, Hughes does not mention his beliefs when he explains why he has endeavoured on his now tragically futile mission.

But celebrity news website TMZ reported that Hughes was the deceased.

Hughes planned to go higher with every successive launch and, despite some regulatory restrictions due to the launches being unofficial, things went smoothly for him in the beginning. "This thing will kill you in a heartbeat", Hughes said.

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