His name is "Mad" Mike Hughes, his steam-powered rocket is built of salvaged metals, his launch pad is repurposed from a used mobile home - and he is confident this will mark the first step toward proving the Earth is flat, after all.
The rocket should travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 miles per hour.
"I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket". "And I'm a believer in the flat Earth", Hughes said. He envisions the launch as just one step toward eventually getting himself into space, at which point he plans to take a photograph "to prove once and for all this Earth is flat", he told his interviewer.
The host was impressed that Hughes had flown in a rocket before and called astronauts paid actors performing in front of a CGI globe.
Hughes does have some experience with building rockets.
"Mad" Mike Hughes has spent some $20,000 and untold hours in his garage making his rocket that will take off over the ghost town of Amboy, southern California on November 25. "I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. There's no difference between science and science fiction".
The Californian's $20,000 project has one major sponsor, Research Flat Earth. But he acknowledged that he had much to learn about rocket science. "This whole tech thing", he said in the June interview.
Hughes, however, is not an absolute amateur when it comes to rocket science. But now Hughes plans to soar again - this time with the backing of the flat-Earth community. Not only was the 2014 flight a quarter of the distance he expects to fly this Saturday, the previous rocket was based on round-earth technology, the Washington Post reported.
There are a lot of people out there who are still convinced that the Earth is flat and not a sphere that we are led to believe. "I researched it for several months".
"John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons", Hughes said.
According to the host, Hughes was a real explorer of scientific secrets and "not compromised by the government". "Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception".