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Man blasts off in homemade rocket
    2018-03-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SELF-TAUGHT rocket man and proud flat-earther “Mad” Mike Hughes has finally blasted off in his homemade rocket. Soaring 1,875 feet (560 meters) off the ground Saturday, he made it back to Earth in one piece — if a little clobbered.

The launch has been a long time coming. Originally planned for last November, it was hit by multiple delays because of mechanical troubles and issues with the Bureau of Land Management.

The 61-year-old limo driver finally launched near Amboy, California, before landing hard some 1,500 feet from his takeoff point.

The daredevil said, aside from a sore back, he was doing fine after the launch.

Hughes, who has been fine-tuning the rocket in his garage for months, also converted a mobile home into a launch ramp.

Hughes pulled his parachute and descended shortly after blastoff. Falling too fast, he opened a second parachute before reaching the ground with a thump.

After paramedics looked him over, Hughes said he felt relieved now the launch was complete.

Hughes is known for his flat-Earth views.

“I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket,” he told AP. “I’m tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it.”

This isn’t the first time Hughes has launched himself up in a homemade rocket. He said he made it 1,374 feet in another launch Jan. 30, 2014. However, footage of the launch has not emerged and, according to AP, some have questioned whether he really took off.

Hughes’ ambitions reach far higher than 1,875 feet. In the future he’d like to travel some 68 miles (109 kilometers) up in a rocket-cum-balloon — a “Rockoon.”(SD-Agencies)

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