A US daredevil pilot has been killed throughout an tried launch of a selfmade rocket within the Californian desert.
“Mad” Mike Hughes, 64, crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off near Barstow on Saturday.
A video on social media reveals 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 Homemade Astronauts, a brand new TV collection about novice rocket makers to be aired on the US Science Channel. The mission needed to be carried out on a good funds.
With the assistance of his associate Waldo Stakes, Hughes was attempting to reach an altitude of 5,000ft (1,525m) whereas driving his steam-powered rocket, in response to Space.com.
In the video of the launch, a parachute may be seen trailing behind the rocket, apparently deployed too early, seconds after take-off.
In a tweet, the Science Channel mentioned Hughes had died pursuing his dream.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department mentioned its officers had been known as to a rocket launch occasion at round 14:00 native time (22:00 GMT) on Saturday.
The sheriff’s workplace mentioned “a man was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed in the open desert”. Hughes’ publicist confirmed to US media shops that it was the pilot who had been killed.
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 man was the real deal and lived to push the edge. He wouldn’t have gone out any other way! RIP” he mentioned.
Mad Mike and his assistants constructed the selfmade rocket in his yard, spending round $18,000 (£14,000).
The rocket makes use of steam ejected via a nozzle for propulsion.
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.
Speaking afterwards, Hughes mentioned: “Am I glad I did it? Yeah, I guess. I’ll feel it in the morning. I won’t be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight.”
He set a Guinness World Record in 2002 for the longest limousine soar – over 31 metres (103 ft) in a Lincoln Town Car stretched limo.