Back in November, we wrote about the 61-year-old limousine driver, entrepreneur and amateur scientist (who doesn’t actually believe in science) named ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes and his attempt to fly his homemade rocket high enough to prove the Earth is flat.
His attempts ran into a couple delays, including Federal Aviation Administration clearance and a broken motor in his mobile home/ rocket launcher, but with the proper paperwork filed and a few screws tightened, five months later we had lift off!
The launch took place this past Saturday afternoon, March 24, 2018, in the Mojave Desert in California and sent ‘Mad’ Mike 1,875 feet into the sky in his homemade rocket.
‘Mad’ Mike (seriously what better way is there to add credibility to your name than by adding an adjective like “Mad” in front of it?) built the rocket and custom launcher himself for a total investment of around $20,000, which he should be given plenty of credit for. That must have required an impressive amount of engineering and dedication.
However, if we look at the experiment from a simple return on investment point of view, a couple hundred dollars for an airline ticket would have been much more cost effective…and safer.
Just for a point of reference, the window seats on the Delta Airlines flight my family took to Cancun Mexico last month cruised at approximately 30,000 feet. That is roughly 16 times higher than the 1,875 foot altitude ‘Mad’ Mike’s rocket achieved.
And Lil’ G-Man got a free mini sombrero out of the trip!
At least ‘Mad’ Mike did come out of the adventure (possible suicide attempt?) relatively uninjured…
As to his belief that the planet Earth is actually shaped like an IHOP pancake, Mike held firm in his interview with the Associated Press:
“I don’t believe in science” he said. “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.”
He concluded with (what is sure to become a catch phrase or novelty t-shirt in the near future), “There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”
So, according to ‘Mad’ Mike’s logic, that would make Star Wars historical fiction!?! Afterall, it did happen “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”
Side Note: Is it just me, or does it sound like this guy is applying for a science officer position in Trump’s cabinet?