US Government Shuts Down Flat-Earther's Rocket Launch

US Government Shuts Down Flat-Earther's Rocket Launch

It seems that in all his preparation for the event, Hughes failed to actually get written permission confirming that he was allowed to launch the rocket.

"Mad" Mike Hughes is a limo driver turned daredevil who wants to build his own rocket and launch himself into space to prove to the entire globe that the world is flat after all.

"Frantic" Mike Hughes guarantees the U.S. Authority of Land Management (BLM) disclosed to him he wouldn't have the capacity to lead his dispatch at his favored area in Amboy, California.

This launch was supposed to be the first stage in a long-term effort to fly high enough to photograph the "disc Earth" and disprove that Earth is a sphere - a scientific reality that's been established for about 2,500 years and that anyone can prove for themselves.

In addition to his launch site issues, Mr Hughes suffered a set-back over his homemade rocket launcher, which he crafted out of a used motor home.

After successfully launching himself up to the sky, Hughes says that the first phase of his space exploration plan will be complete. A BLM representative, however, said that its local office does not have any record of speaking with Hughes and that he did not apply for the required special recreation permit to conduct an event on public land.

"Someone from our local office reached out to him after seeing some of these news articles [about the launch], because that was news to them", a spokeswoman for the agency told The Washington Post, adding that Hughes had not applied to the local BLM field office for the necessary permit.

Still, Hughes has not relented in his quest to launch himself roughly 500 miles per hour on a mile-long flight across the sky above the Mojave Desert.

Hughes says he has now found private property for the launch, which he hopes to reschedule for later this week.

Mr Hughes' main sponsor for his rocket is Research Flat Earth. Hughes had planned to take off on his rocket from Amboy, a ghost town in California.

The 61-year-old limousine driver had also tried to crowdfund his projects before but had not had as much success.

"I don't believe in science", Hughes told the AP earlier this month.

However he added: "I do not think that it is in anyone's interests to hide the shape of the earth". I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. "There's no difference between science and science fiction".



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