Mike Hughes is the man who made headlines last year after promising to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a home-made rocket to blast off to a high enough altitude to the prove the Earth is in fact flat and not round.
I don’t believe in this theory, but as of right now the man has certainly earned my respect for genuinely trying to do what he was trying to do, even risking his own health to pursue what he wants that hurts nobody else.
Using scrap metal with about $20,000 in capital, “Mad” Mike Hughes built what he described as a “steam-powered” rocket, as reported by the Independent.
While this guy seems completely genuine in his efforts, perhaps the YouTube channel that put his efforts on video, Noize TV isn’t so based on principal. They do seem gimmicky or like they are trying to turn a profit.
Mike unfortunately lasted about 4 seconds in the air after the launch before he crashed quite hard in the Mojave Desert. Then he was rushed to the hospital.
The video Noize published of his launch is tasteless as hell. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more dislikes on a YouTube video: as of right now it is 7 likes to 76 dislikes.
The video is 39 seconds long, and doesn’t show anything but the man’s launch at a very fast speed (unless they created that as an illusion in the video), and then it plays metal music at the end flashing Noize’s logo with no results on the launch. Noize apparently doesn’t care that the guy is in the hospital because if you just took their word for it from that one video, he succeeded.
This is the full launch video they also published. It only has 15 views right now. It shows that the man is injured after the rocket fails, and he goes to the hospital after that.
After paramedics checked him, Mike said:
“I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket. I’m tired of that stuff; I manned up and did it.”
The 61 year old man who is employed as a limousine driver claimed he was fine after crash landing, and that he only had a bad back.
“This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways. Am I glad I did it? Yeah, I guess. I’ll feel it in the morning. I won’t be able to get out of bed.
At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight.”
He noted that his flight was sponsored in part by a group called “Research Flat Earth.” Fair enough, but why does this group have to get a 61 year old man to do the hard work?
Still, Mike reached an amazing speed of 350 miles per hour and a height of 1,875 feet before parachutes were deployed and his rocket was allowed to land semi safely. Strangely they say NASA provided the parachutes. Maybe they purchased them from NASA.
Last year, Mike said:
“I don’t believe in science.
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.”
For the next experiment like this, hopefully people will choose to risk their own bodies if they want to know, and money will not be made off of it from some YouTube channel named Noize.
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