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Title: Flat-Earther’s homemade rocket is set to launch him from California desert
Source: Blacklisted News/Russia Today
URL Source: https://www.blacklistednews.com/art ... aunch-him-from-california.html
Published: Aug 17, 2019
Author: RT
Post Date: 2019-08-18 09:16:37 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 193
Comments: 33

Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes plans to strap himself to a homemade rocket and launch himself towards space on Saturday, in a bid to prove that our planet isn’t a globe. Here’s what to expect from the mad-cap experiment.

The self-taught rocket engineer will attempt the launch from the Route 66 ghost town of Amboy, California, which is home to less than a handful of residents. He is attempting the daring mission in a homemade, steam-powered, rocket that he built himself out of scrap metal.

The 63-year-old first shot himself skywards in 2014 and since then has completed multiple launches and sustained several injuries. His most successful attempt took place in March 2018 when he propelled himself approximately 1,875 feet (572 meters) into the air before crashing back to Earth at around 350 mph (563 km/h).

Saturday’s launch looks notably more dangerous, with the daredevil aiming to blast himself more than twice as high into the sky before dropping back to Earth at around 400 mph (643 km/h). 

Unfortunately for the value of the experiment, Hughes’ steam-powered machine doesn’t have the juice to reach high enough into the atmosphere to enable him to see the curvature of Earth. 

However the intrepid rocket-man isn’t concerned. He sees the experiment as a stepping stone towards building a rocket that can reach all the way to the Karman line – the starting point of space – roughly 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the surface of our planet. 

“I never give up! The rocket will greet the heavens! At 63, I’m still a red-blooded,  mission-hungry Daredevil and my goal is to inspire the boy or girl who becomes the man or woman that changes the world,” he said.

The stunt is sponsored by a “commitment-free dating app” and it’s being filmed as part of an upcoming Discovery Channel series.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

He is attempting the daring mission in a homemade, steam-powered, rocket that he built himself out of scrap metal.

Steampunk!

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-18   10:02:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

That was awesome!

From another article, he uses 95 to 100 gallons of super heated water.

But what was that released at 1:10 minutes? My first thought was...chaff!

watchman  posted on  2019-08-18   10:24:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: watchman (#2)

But what was that released at 1:10 minutes?

A late second chute.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-18   11:10:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: misterwhite (#3)

A late second chute.

Yes! I see that now. My eyes naturally followed the projectile.

watchman  posted on  2019-08-18   11:14:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: watchman (#4)

Yes! I see that now. My eyes naturally followed the projectile.

Usually the parachute is enclosed in a shroud for protection from the hot gasses that eject it. I believe it was the shroud that fell away.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-18   11:18:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: misterwhite (#5)

My first thought was...chaff!

Well, the flat earthers can't be too careful. They must assume the round earthers will have a counter project (guided missiles) to keep them from proving that the earth is flat.

watchman  posted on  2019-08-18   11:31:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#0)

You have to admire his determination,if not his intelligence.

You can prove to yourself the planet is round by simply driving across a desert and seeing a city,or even a car in the distance suddenly "pop into view". If the planet isn't curved,where did it come from,magic?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-08-18   12:35:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: sneakypete (#7)

If the planet isn't curved,where did it come from,magic?

It's a trick by NASA. All the pilots and astronauts are in on the conspiracy to keep the truth from the public that we are on a flat earth.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-18   17:11:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Tooconservative (#8)

That's why I have always called HorseHillary on claims ancient mariners were afraid of running off the end of the world.

NOBODY understood the Earth is round better than them.They sailed to earn their living,and everytime they sailed anywhere they could witness places they had just left "disappearing" and the places they were passing "pop into view".

No matter how slow you are,pretty soon you will figure that one out.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-08-18   20:39:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: sneakypete (#9)

No matter how slow you are,pretty soon you will figure that one out.

Like maybe this is all a joke? I think some of the flat earthers are just playing the part, perhaps as a joke. I think some of them are sincerely mistaken but the majority are fully on-board with a flat earth.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-18   21:24:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Tooconservative (#10)

I think you are right,but this guy seems to be as serious as a heart attack about the earth being flat. He's even putting his life on the line over it.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-08-19   9:23:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Deckard (#0)

His most successful attempt took place in March 2018 when he propelled himself approximately 1,875 feet (572 meters) into the air

Here ya go. Safer and less expensive than a steam rocket.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-19   9:44:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: misterwhite, liberator (#12)

I wonder if Liberator (who is an otherwise great guy) is still on the flat earth retard train.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-08-19   9:46:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: sneakypete (#11)

Maybe it's a case of suicide-by-flat-earth-steampunk-rocket. Maybe he saw too many re-runs of old 1930's Buck Rogers serial movies on TV after school back in the Sixties.

Or maybe some people really do just live for their chance to get their 15 minutes of fame. Or infamy.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-19   12:26:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: A K A Stone (#13)

I wonder if Liberator (who is an otherwise great guy) is still on the flat earth retard train.

Probably. Otherwise he'd have come back to the old stomping grounds, at least for a visit.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-19   13:41:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Deckard (#0)

Did you see the UFO starting at 0:53? :)

redleghunter  posted on  2019-08-19   16:42:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Deckard (#0)

His most successful attempt took place in March 2018 when he propelled himself approximately 1,875 feet

He could always try a hot air balloon. The altitude record for a balloon is 68,986 ft.

nolu chan  posted on  2019-08-19   16:46:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: sneakypete (#7)

You can prove to yourself the planet is round by simply driving across a desert and seeing a city,or even a car in the distance suddenly "pop into view". If the planet isn't curved,where did it come from,magic?

Well I go with something a lot less thinking is involved.

We can observe with telescopes the other planets and moons in our solar system. They are all spherical. What makes us different. Unless of course the flat earthers believe those planets and our moon are flat and we just have the great honor of being able to observe the flat only portions of those planets and our moon too! LOL

redleghunter  posted on  2019-08-19   16:46:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Tooconservative (#8)

It's a trick by NASA. All the pilots and astronauts are in on the conspiracy to keep the truth from the public that we are on a flat earth.

Add Artillerymen to that conspiracy as well. I've used both manual and automated computations in my career. The map products both analogue and digital are based on spheriods for mapping. And based on such, I never 'missed' a target. Unless of course both the analogue and digital products are somehow 'cooked' to 'hide' the conspiracy. Some programmed anomoly between did hit and should hit data. I mean why bother, just give in and tell us the world is flat along with all the other planets in our solar system whose flat 'sides' are just so happening to face our night skies.

I must have missed the conspiracy inbriefing.

I think this guy is playing up the flat earther stuff. Come on, he's a rocket scientist and engineer. He knows better and by mentioning 'flat earth' he just gets all the creepy sites in a lather and free promotion.

redleghunter  posted on  2019-08-19   16:55:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: misterwhite (#12)

Well that is just part of the NASA propaganda. I mean who do you really trust. ;)

redleghunter  posted on  2019-08-19   16:57:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: redleghunter (#18)

What makes us different. Unless of course the flat earthers believe those planets and our moon are flat and we just have the great honor of being able to observe the flat only portions of those planets and our moon too!

Apparently NASA is hiding the truth and they're just putting up these small fake planets up there that are the size of a football field or so and that tricks us into believing they're planets in solar orbit. Oh, and they've faked all the history books and science books to hide the truth and put forward a deliberately flawed math and physics that are constructed such that they work on a practical basis but conceal the Flat Earth Truthiness.

Add Artillerymen to that conspiracy as well. I've used both manual and automated computations in my career. The map products both analogue and digital are based on spheriods for mapping. And based on such, I never 'missed' a target. Unless of course both the analogue and digital products are somehow 'cooked' to 'hide' the conspiracy.

That's it. I know you're shocked to discover you're another conspirator in this vast deception by which science is actually used to keep people in ignorance. And you actually believe there is no conspiracy. That is the perfect conspiracy! I'm not quite sure why They want us so dumb; good explanations are lacking. I like the one where the Lizard People are our secret rulers and our human pols are just the front men for the Lizard Empire.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-19   18:31:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: redleghunter (#19)

Come on, he's a rocket scientist and engineer.

I think he's read too many steampunk comic books.

C'mon, who takes seriously the idea of a steam-powered rocket?

Look back at the article:

The self-taught rocket engineer will attempt the launch from the Route 66 ghost town of Amboy, California, which is home to less than a handful of residents. He is attempting the daring mission in a homemade, steam-powered, rocket that he built himself out of scrap metal.

The wiki page reads like he's a comedy act. Apparently his fundraising is a rough patch.

Hughes lives in California,[1] where he makes US$15 per hour plus tips as a limousine driver.[3] In 2002 he set a Guinness world record with a 103-foot (31 m) jump in a Lincoln Town Car stretch limo.[4][5][6] According to the Associated Press, Hughes built his first manned rocket on January 30, 2014, and flew 1,374 feet (419 m) in just over one minute over Winkelman, Arizona. According to the CBC, Hughes collapsed after the landing and it took him three days to recover. Hughes stated that the injuries suffered from the flight put him in a walker for two weeks.[7][8] Hughes has stated he plans to run for governor of California.[9] Flat-Earth rocket fundraising and launch

In 2016 Hughes launched a failed fundraising attempt for a rocket that earned $310.[2][7] After professing his belief in a flat Earth later that year, Hughes gained support within the flat-Earth community. His post-flat-Earth fundraising campaign made its $7,875 goal. He has said he intends to make multiple rocket journeys, culminating in a flight to outer space, where he believes he will be able to take a picture of the entire Earth as a flat disk.[2] He claimed in November 2017 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had given him verbal permission more than a year ago to launch his rocket, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration; however, a BLM spokesman said its local field office had no record of speaking to Hughes at the time. According to the BLM, after seeing some news articles about the planned launch, a BLM representative reached out to Hughes with concerns. The rocket launch was originally scheduled for the weekend of November 25, 2017; Hughes then rescheduled for December 2, 2017, blaming ongoing difficulties in obtaining permissions.[7] Hughes moved his launch pad 4 miles (6.4 km) so that he could take off and land on private property; however, the BLM maintained he still needed to fill out permits. Hughes defiantly stated the dispute would not stop him flying: "I'm a daredevil. I'm not much for authority or rules."[10]

The untested initial rocket was intended to reach a speed of 500 miles per hour (800 km/h); further rocket trips, to be launched from a balloon 20 miles (32 km) up,[11] are intended to reach above the atmosphere into outer space. Hughes acknowledged there are risks, telling the Associated Press: "It's scary as hell. But none of us are getting out of this world alive."[4] A fundraising campaign to cover the costs of the delay raised around $100 of its $10,000 goal. On February 3, 2018, Hughes live-streamed another attempted launch in front of spectators, but the rocket failed to ignite.[12]

I like how he raised 20 times as much money once he was willing to say he was a flattard.

I keep wondering if some tycoon like Gates is behind the flattards and is laughing their ass off and at some point, they'll release the secret to the public that it was all fake all along and that all the key flattards on YouBoob were employees and in on the gag. It really resembles some extensive sociology experiment IMO.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-19   18:44:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: Tooconservative (#22)

The untested initial rocket was intended to reach a speed of 500 miles per hour (800 km/h); further rocket trips, to be launched from a balloon 20 miles (32 km) up,[11] are intended to reach above the atmosphere into outer space. Hughes acknowledged there are risks, telling the Associated Press: "It's scary as hell. But none of us are getting out of this world alive."[4] A fundraising campaign to cover the costs of the delay raised around $100 of its $10,000 goal. On February 3, 2018, Hughes live-streamed another attempted launch in front of spectators, but the rocket failed to ignite.[12]

This guy is probably going to reach the higher altitudes and probably kick off some missile defense system causing all sorts of international intrigue.

redleghunter  posted on  2019-08-20   2:35:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: redleghunter (#23)

This guy is probably going to reach the higher altitudes and probably kick off some missile defense system causing all sorts of international intrigue.

This guy is probably going to end up killing himself.

That rocket is like those water-propelled toy rockets they used to make. You'd pump the handle to pressurize the body and they'd go up 30-40 feet in the air. You could just refill the thing and keep doing it so it was reusable. Of course, they didn't last too long once you started trying to find a way to launch is horizontally and hit something that way. This helped the company make good money, I suspect.

Dang, I forgot I had one of those when I was a kid. Those must have come out around '68 or '69. And I liked rockets like every kid in America, the moon landing was the Big Thing on the TV at the time, something as universal as recalling JFK getting shot.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-20   3:26:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: redleghunter (#20)

Well that is just part of the NASA propaganda. I mean who do you really trust. ;)

No. It's a private company. Got $75,000?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-20   11:26:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#26. To: Tooconservative (#24)

That rocket is like those water-propelled toy rockets they used to make.

I had one. Even had a two-stage. We used to lay on the ground under the rocket when it went off. Soaked!

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-20   11:35:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: misterwhite (#26) (Edited)

They look very similar. Mine had white body, red nose cone, and fins to make it spin in flight (for ballistic stability apparently).

I think mine went a lot higher than the one in your video. Mine went up maybe 100'. The one in your vid looked like maybe 50' or 60'.

We used to lay on the ground under the rocket when it went off. Soaked!

You could also point the "exhaust" toward some other boy's trousers and he'd look like he had pee'd his pants.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-20   18:23:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: Tooconservative (#27)

Mine had white body, red nose cone, and fins to make it spin in flight

So did mine. I think the nose cone was a clear red.

"Mine went up maybe 100'."

Mine went up to 120'.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-20   18:27:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#29. To: misterwhite (#28)

If I said mine went 150', you'd claim 200'.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-20   18:35:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#30. To: Tooconservative (#29)

If I said mine went 150', you'd claim 200'.

Nah. Probably 175'. I don't want to embarrass you.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-08-20   18:50:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#31. To: misterwhite (#30)

Okay then. I confess that your water rocket was better than my water rocket ever was.

I hope you're happy.     : )

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-21   2:00:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#32. To: misterwhite (#30)

If I said mine went 150', you'd claim 200'.

Nah. Probably 175'. I don't want to embarrass you.

Mine went up 176 feet.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-08-22   13:43:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#33. To: sneakypete, misterwhite (#32)

"Do I hear 177'? 176, going once, going twice, going..."

You guys are ruining my charming little childhood recollection of watery rockets.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-22   15:12:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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