Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Madman Will Launch Self 500 Mph in Homemade Rocket

The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. ... Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage. His project has cost him a total of $20,000, which includes Rust-Oleum paint to fancy it up and a motor home he bought on Craigslist that he converted into a ramp. His first test of the rocket will also be the launch date -- Saturday, when he straps into his homemade contraption and attempts to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California. He will travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph.

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"I don't believe in science," said Hughes, whose main sponsor for the rocket is Research Flat Earth. "I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the area, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that's not science, that's just a formula. There's no difference between science and science fiction."

Video of a previous flight:

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The physics are pretty basic, but my money is on a chute failure on launch, like evel knievel's snake river failure.

#1 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-20 09:38 AM

Hope he gets an enema but launching. That cockpit is gonna be a mess.

#2 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-11-20 09:47 AM

Carry on, sir.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-20 09:55 AM

It's crazy sum' bitches like this that keep pushing boundaries. Good luck...

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2017-11-20 10:02 AM

what could go wrong?

where's he going to haul all the coal for the boiler?

#5 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-20 11:49 AM

Future Darwin award winner right here. Someone hold his beer.

#6 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-11-20 12:10 PM

The theme song will feature banjos and kazoos.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-20 12:16 PM

For a serious moment...

If you were someone with a mountain of cash on hand...say Gates or Musk...and you thought you could do the world a solid by crushing the flat-earthers, don't you think paying to have two of their most famous spokesmen put into orbit would be the easiest way? Hell, start a GoFundMe account entitled: Launch A Flat-Earther to ISS.

#8 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-20 12:20 PM

It ain't bragging crazy if you can do it.

#9 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-11-20 01:14 PM

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Screw the coal, where is he going to keep all the water?

I think the flat earth aspect is a red herring. No way the 'rocket' will get very high, maybe a couple hundred feet at most. Plus the article says that it will only go about one mile.

Basically the pic in the article looks like the same type of vehicle that Evel knievel used to try to jump snake river.

#10 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-11-20 01:49 PM

At least he's got the pointy end in the right direction.

#11 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-11-20 02:37 PM

It doesn't surprise me that someone who believes the earth is flat would load their ass in a waste bin with a conical tip and try to launch themselves into space.

Attention whore.

#12 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-11-20 05:23 PM

All he has to do is reach warp speed and then we can finally be a part of the Federation.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-20 07:17 PM

Isn't he afraid he'll shoot past the edge of the earth?

#14 | Posted by patron at 2017-11-20 07:23 PM

Saturday isn't too long to wait for the video. I hope it's spectacular.

I also hope it's not grainy or shaky footage. I want to see this one in high-def.

#15 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-20 07:38 PM

Is there a DR pool on this?

What's the over/under that he beats his previous record?

#16 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-11-20 08:56 PM

You guys are so deep.

I bet you all laughed and mocked at brave sailors plying the open unchartered seas in search of new exciting worlds.

You guys should invent something useful like the internet or social justice.

#17 | Posted by mutant at 2017-11-20 10:24 PM

A 70 Gallon boiler can explode with about the same power as 10 lbs of TNT. Hope it holds together!

#18 | Posted by Snowfake at 2017-11-20 10:35 PM

It's crazy sum' bitches like this that keep pushing boundaries. Good luck...

#4 | Posted by boaz

God damn you don't have a single correct thought in that empty ------- head of yours, do you?

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-21 02:11 AM

"There's no difference between science and science fiction."
There is one difference. If you get your rocket science wrong you can kill yourself or someone else. If you get your science fiction wrong you just end up with a book you can't sell.

#20 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-11-21 09:15 AM

Kept the "I don't believe in science quote". Nice Rcade. That's what really makes this article fun.

#21 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-21 01:07 PM

I question whether he's doing this at all. The video of the last flight never shows a human on the rocket.

#22 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-21 01:08 PM

"If you get your science fiction wrong you just end up with a book you can't sell."

Or end up with BAFTAs, and have to explain to people what a BAFTA is.

#23 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-11-21 01:11 PM

Buh Bye

#24 | Posted by Bubba10 at 2017-11-21 01:17 PM

If only the rocket held (and killed) all the "flat-earthers". Makes me wonder which of my DR conservative acquaintances would be gone.

#25 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-21 01:45 PM

I question whether he's doing this at all. The video of the last flight never shows a human on the rocket.

#14 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-11-21 01:08 PM | FLAG:

I'd go with a strong.. maybe.. manned flight in a steam rocket has been done before. The problem is you never remember the takeoff even if you did it, you black out on launch and wake up somewhere around the apogee.

#26 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-21 01:48 PM

THIS JUST IN:
Jeanine Pirro was captured on video earlier today trying to launch herself 500 mph in a homemade rocket. "I gotta get home. My 89-year-old mother is ill," she proclaimed as she blasted into the sky.

#27 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-21 02:19 PM

Thinks the earth is flat and doesn't believe in science? That makes no sense. Science doesn't care whether you "believe" in it or not. It's just facts. Facts are not optional, despite what this goofball says.

#28 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-21 02:26 PM

A prime candidate for a second edition of "The Darwin Awards".

#29 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-21 02:28 PM

"I don't believe in science," said Hughes - He better hope Physics and anatomy don't teach him a lesson... When you read the whole thing in context it's even more dumb... aerodynamics and fluid dynamics are most definitely a result of science. Not to mention that he already did something like this and paid the G-Force price. G's will be even worse with this launch is my thought.

What a moron.

#30 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-11-21 05:07 PM

A Homemade Steam-Powered Rocket with a man aboard?

I hope it works and he gets a look at the earth from high altitude realizes his error and comes back to tell others what he's learned.

#31 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-21 06:45 PM

Jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#32 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-21 06:46 PM

at least he'll go out in a BANG!

#33 | Posted by b_al at 2017-11-21 06:48 PM

I hope he goes up, sees the curve of the earth, and comes back to say the earth is round.

#34 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-21 06:53 PM

#9 - TOR

They'll find a way to not believe. With all the evidence available today they still believe the earth is flat? It's willful ignorance at this point.

#35 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-11-21 07:16 PM

Good. One less Teajadist Trump voter, millions more to go.
Surprised this rube has lasted 61 years without accidentally killing himself.

#36 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-11-21 07:32 PM

Others May remain unconvinced but hopefully this Rocketeer will himself be changed and for the better.

#37 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-21 10:16 PM

He best hope it works better than the test launch in the video... that failed in many ways.

#38 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-21 10:21 PM

Hope he makes it safely, so's Trump can claim credit for it and demand Hughes thank him for providing the laws of physics necessary to make the flight.

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