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Media captionAn earlier flight, 2018, in which „Mad“ Mike Hughes sought to illustrate his theory that the Earth used to be flat

A US daredevil pilot has been killed accurate thru an attempted open of a home made rocket within the Californian desert.

„Mad“ Mike Hughes, 64, break-landed his steam-powered rocket quickly after eradicate-off approach Barstow on Saturday.

A video on social media reveals a rocket being fired into the sky sooner than plummeting to the bottom internal sight.

Hughes used to be nicely-identified for his belief that the Earth used to be flat. He hoped to illustrate his theory by going to space.

Saturday’s open used to be reportedly filmed as portion of Handmade Astronauts, a brand novel TV sequence about amateur rocket makers to be aired on the US Science Channel. The conducting wanted to be implemented on a tight budget.

With the lend a hand of his companion Waldo Stakes, Hughes used to be trying to reach an altitude of 5,000ft (1,525m) while utilizing his steam-powered rocket, according to

Within the video of the open, a parachute might perchance presumably even be seen trailing within the lend a hand of the rocket, it sounds as if deployed too early, seconds after eradicate-off.

In a tweet, the Science Channel acknowledged Hughes had died pursuing his dream.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division acknowledged its officers were called to a rocket open tournament at around 14: 00 native time (22: 00 GMT) on Saturday.

The sheriff’s space of job acknowledged „a man used to be pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed within the starting up desert“. Hughes‘ publicist confirmed to US media stores that it used to be the pilot who had been killed.

Darren Shuster, a dilapidated consultant for Hughes, urged TMZ the daredevil used to be „one-of-a-kind“.

„When God made Mike he broke the mildew. The particular person used to be the trusty deal and lived to push the threshold. He need to soundless no longer possess long gone out any assorted reach! RIP“ he acknowledged.

Mad Mike and his assistants constructed the home made rocket in his backyard, spending around $18,000 (£14,000).

The rocket uses steam ejected thru a nozzle for propulsion.

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The daredevil, who lived in Apple Valley, made headlines internationally when he announced his intention to illustrate his theory that the Earth used to be flat.

In March closing twelve months, Hughes managed an altitude of 1,870ft (570m) sooner than deploying his parachutes and touchdown with a bump.

Speaking afterwards, Hughes acknowledged: „Am I cosy I did it? Yeah, I explain. I coast to truly feel it within the morning. I could no longer be able to rise up and doing. On the least I will coast home and possess dinner and look my cats tonight.“

He set aside of living a Guinness World Represent in 2002 for the longest limousine soar – over 31 metres (103 ft) in a Lincoln Town Automobile stretched limo.

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