THE Mike Hughes was killed inside his improvised rocket, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the age of 64, when the parachute that was used for its smooth landing, was detached from the rocket, shortly after its launch.
The rocket crashed in the desert near Barstow, California. The launch was filmed by Science Channel, for the Homemade Astronauts series, which shows the adventures of amateur rocket makers.
His goal Hughes was to verify his belief in a flat, disk-like Earth, flying in space, with successive launches, which would lead him higher and higher to altitude. Its first launch took place in 2014 and reached 418 meters (1.374 feet), but the next consecutive launches did not go much higher. A flight 2018 reached up to 570 meters (1.875 feet).
It is not yet clear why the rocket failed. THE Hughes had spent about $ 18.000 on this rocket. It was financially based on contributions from followers of the flat Earth.