Mad Mike Hughes has died in a rocket crash while trying to prove his Flat Earth theory.
The 64-year-old died due to crash landed of his homemade steam-powered rocket. According to TMZ, on Saturday, his locket crashed moments after takeoff near Barstow, California. A journalist, Justin Chapman, posted a video on social media in which he showed the launching of his rocket. Moments later, a parachute is seen deploying too early, and the rocket falls to the ground.
Chapman wrote alongside the clip that Mad Mike Hughes had just launched himself in a self-made steam-powered rocket and crash-landed. Very likely had not survive.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said its officers were invited to a rocket launch event at about 2 p.m. According to KTLA, the sheriff’s office said that a man was pronounced dead after the rocket crashed in the open desert.
The sheriff’s department did not recognize the victim, but Waldo Stakes, Hughes’ partner, who was at the rocket launch, confirmed that Hughes has died. The sheriff’s department has been contacted for further investigation.
The Science Channel confirmed that Hughes had expired following his dream. They tweeted that Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes tragically passed away that day during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket. Their thoughts & prayers want out to his family & friends during that difficult time. It had always been his dream to do that launch & Science Channel had been there to chronicle his journey.
Hughes’ representative Darren Shuster told TMZ that When God had made Mike, he had broken the mold. The man had been the real deal and had lived to push the edge. He would not have gone out any other way.
Hughes was attempting to attain an altitude of 5,000 feet in his steam-powered rocket. For the show, he and two other teams were working to get as close to the Karman line, which is 62 miles above the Earth’s surface that is considered the start of space—as possible.
He told CBS News that The Flat Earth thing was like everything else to him.
But he added that he did not get a lot of second chances, though, in the rocket business.
The launch effort will be added in the upcoming series on the Science Channel called Homemade Astronauts following “self-financed, self-made teams on their quest to reach the sky.”