Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the form of the #Earth, a California man intends to #launch himself 1,800 ft excessive on Saturday in a rocket he constructed from scrap metallic.
Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight by way of the Mojave Desert doesn’t kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first part of his formidable #flat-Earth area program.
Hughes’s final objective is a subsequent launch that places him miles above the Earth, the place the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc all of us reside on.
“It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight. Theories mentioned throughout the interview included NASA being managed by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making pretend rockets from blimps.
Hughes promised the flat-Earth group that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which can launch from a closely modified cellular residence — although he acknowledged that he nonetheless had a lot to study about rocket science.
“This whole tech thing,” he stated in the June interview. “I’m really behind the eight ball.”
That stated, Hughes isn’t a completely unproven engineer. He set a Guinness World Record in 2002 for a limousine leap, in accordance to Ars Technica, and has been constructing rockets for years, albeit with combined outcomes.
“Okay, Waldo. 3 . . . 2 . . . 1!” somebody yells in a check hearth video from 2012.
There’s a quick hiss of boiling water, then . . . nothing. So Hughes walks up to the engine and pokes it with a stick, at which level a thick cloud of steam belches out towards the digital camera.
He constructed his first manned rocket in 2014, the Associated Press reported, and managed to fly a quarter-mile over Winkelman, Ariz.
As seen in a YouTube video, the flight ended with Hughes being dragged, moaning from the remains of the rocket. The accidents he suffered put him in a walker for 2 weeks, he stated.
And the 2014 flight was solely 1 / 4 of the distance of Saturday’s mile-long try.
And it was based mostly on round-Earth know-how.
Hughes solely lately transformed to flat-Eartherism, after struggling for months to increase funds for his follow-up flight over the Mojave.
It was initially scheduled for early 2016 in a Kickstarter marketing campaign — “From Garage to Outer Space!” — that talked about nothing about Illuminati astronauts, and was themed after a NASCAR occasion.
“We want to do this and basically thumb our noses at all these billionaires trying to do this,” Hughes stated in the pitch video, standing in his Apple Valley, Calif., front room, which he had plastered with drawings of his rockets.
“They have not put a man in space yet,” Hughes stated. “There are 20 different space agencies here in America, and I’m the last person that’s put a man in a rocket and launched it.” Comparing himself to Evel Knievel, he promised to launch himself from a California racetrack that yr as the first step in his steam-powered leap towards area.
The Kickstarter raised $310 of its $150,000 goal.
Hughes made different pitches, together with a plan to fly over Texas in a “SkyLimo.” But he complained to Ars Technica last year about the problem of funding his goals on a chauffeur’s meager wage.
A yr later, he called into a flat-Earth community Web present to announce that he had grow to be a current convert.
“We were kind of looking for new sponsors for this. And I’m a believer in the flat Earth,” Hughes stated. “I researched it for several months.”
The host sounded impressed. Hughes had truly flown in a rocket, he famous, whereas astronauts have been merely paid actors performing in entrance of a CGI globe.
“John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons,” Hughes agreed. “Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception.”
The host talked of “Elon Musk’s fake reality,” and Hughes talked of “anti-Christ, Illuminati stuff.” After half an hour of this, the host advised his 300-some listeners to again Hughes’s exploration of area.
While there is nobody speculation for what the flat Earth is supposed to appear to be, many believers envision a flat disc ringed by sea ice, which naturally holds the oceans in.
What’s past the sea ice, if something, stays to be found.
“We need an individual who’s not compromised by the government,” the host informed Hughes. “And you could be that man.”
A flat-Earth GoFundMe subsequently raised nearly $8,000 for Hughes.
By November, the AP reported, his $20,000 rocket had a fancy coat of Rust-Oleum paint and “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” inscribed on the aspect.
While his flat-Earth associates helped him lastly get the factor constructed, the AP reported, Hughes will probably be making changes proper up to Saturday’s launch.
But he gained’t have the opportunity to check the rocket earlier than he climbs inside and makes an attempt to steam himself at 500 mph throughout a mile of desert air. And even when it’s a hit, he is promised his backers a fair riskier launch inside the subsequent yr, into the area above the disc. He advised Ars Technica final yr that the second part of his mission may contain floating in a balloon up to 20,000 ft above the floor, then rocket-packing himself into outer area.
“It’s scary as hell,” Hughes informed the AP. “But none of us are getting out of this world alive.”
This is true. And but some hope to stay to see its edges.