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Media captionSee how “Mad” Mike Hughes sought to show his concept that the Earth was flat
A US daredevil has been killed throughout an tried launch of a do-it-yourself rocket within the Californian desert, reviews say.
“Mad” Mike Hughes, 64, crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off close to Barstow on Saturday.
A video on social media exhibits a rocket being fired into the sky earlier than plummeting to the bottom close by.
Hughes was well-known for his perception that the Earth was flat. He hoped to show his concept by going to area.
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Saturday’s launch was reportedly filmed as a part of Do-it-yourself Astronauts, a brand new TV sequence about beginner rocket makers to be aired on the US Science Channel. The mission needed to be carried out on a decent price range.
With the assistance of his associate Waldo Stakes, Hughes was making an attempt to achieve an altitude of 5,000ft (1,525m) whereas using his steam-powered rocket, in keeping with Area.com.
Within the video of the launch, a parachute might be seen trailing behind the rocket, apparently deployed too early, seconds after take-off.
In a tweet, the Science Channel stated Hughes had died pursuing his dream.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division stated its officers had been referred to as to a rocket launch occasion at round 14:00 native time (22:00 GMT) on Saturday.
The sheriff’s workplace stated “a person was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed within the open desert”. The identification of the person was not launched.
However superstar information web site TMZ reported that Hughes was the deceased.
Darren Shuster, a former consultant for Hughes, instructed TMZ the daredevil was “one-of-a-kind”.
“When God made Mike he broke the mould. The person was the true deal and lived to push the sting. He would not have gone out another approach! RIP” he stated.
The daredevil, who lived in Apple Valley, made headlines internationally when he introduced his intention to show his concept that the Earth was flat.
In March final 12 months, Hughes managed an altitude of 1,870ft (570m) earlier than deploying his parachutes and touchdown with a bump.
Talking afterwards, Hughes stated: “Am I glad I did it? Yeah, I suppose. I will really feel it within the morning. I will not be capable of get off the bed. At the very least I can go residence and have dinner and see my cats tonight.”
He set a Guinness World Document in 2002 for the longest limousine bounce – over 31 metres (103 ft) in a Lincoln City Automobile stretched limo.