Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike Hughes’ family and friends during this difficult time.
Mad Mike Hughes died during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket Saturday.
Mike Hughes (1956 – February 22, 2020), popularly known as “Mad” Mike Hughes, was an American limousine driver, daredevil, and flat Earth conspiracy theorist known for flying in self-built rockets. He died on February 22, 2020, while filming a stunt for an upcoming Science Channel television series.
Hughes built his first crewed rocket on January 30, 2014, and flew 1,374 feet (419 m) in just over one minute over Winkelman, Arizona.
In 2016 Hughes launched a failed fundraising attempt for a rocket that earned $310.
Planned 2019 launch
Hughes planned to again launch himself in a rocket on August 10, 2019,The following weekend, the launch was again postponed and Hughes was treated for heat exhaustion.
He eventually hoped to develop a rocket , that would launch him 62 miles in the air to where the Earth‘s atmosphere meets outer space, according to the Discovery Channel.
2020 launch and death
On February 22, 2020, Hughes dead in the crash-landing of a self-built rocket he was piloting.