It appears he tried to leave his parachute behind when he reached the top end of the launch rail. He wanted to reduce drag.
Evel Knievel was the one who had his hand on the panic button during the launch and did about as good as this guy did.
I am not aware of Evel Knievel's opinion on the shape of the planet earth.
I think this guy tried to use a steam rocket same as Evel Knievel did.
Last edited by greyhoundollie; 02-26-2020 at 05:59 PM.
I met Truax once, who built Evel's rocket, and he had some not for quoting comments about that. He also had lots of wonderful home movies (marked ORIGINAL, US GOVERNMENT) of him and others developing liquid fueled rocket engines.
Scotsman Hosie (02-27-2020)
You know, engineers and builders of all kind know things almost never work as expected the 1st few times out. But flat-earther Mike Hughes a media attention hound also performed as the test dummy for his home-built, steampunk rocket. And like LaVoy Finicum (Shot by FBI outside Bend, Oregon) was on a fast track to personally thin the herd.
Someone said "Did he really believe the Earth was flat?" I said "No he was an attention seeking media hound, who believed the shortest distance between two points was an angle." But just like Finicum everyone involved, had to know how it was slotted to end. A regular Bucko Rogers of the 21st Century.
More: https://www.latimes.com/california/s...of-close-callsIts not clear how strongly he held the conviction, or if he really believed it at all. His publicist, Darren Shuster, said Saturday that the flat Earth thing was a PR stunt we dreamed up to get publicity and attract sponsors for the rockets that the self-taught engineer made in his garage at his home in Apple Valley, Calif.
Scotsman Hosie (03-03-2020)
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