1. What is happening?
Seeking to prove that a group of astronauts and the government fabricated the shape of the Earth, Mike Hughes, a California ma, also known as Mad Mike, will launch himself from his home-made rocket in the Mojave Desert. His rocket will go about 1,800 feet (~0.550 km) high and will then use a balloon that will elevate him up to 20,000 feet (~6 km) which will allow him to see his "flat Earth" prediction.
Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Hughes says his journey into the 'atmosflat' will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.
2. Has anyone backed him up?
Much to people's surprise, Mad Mike has an entire community rooting for him. In fact, he has raised over $7,000 USD, from over 100 people that support his idea. The GoFund me says, "Knowing that NASA doesn't send anyone to space, Mad Mike could be one of the only people up in the air in a rocket. This is important we get behind him".
3. Is this legal...
As of now, the actual launch has been pushed back a few times because Mad Mike has yet to get the federal permission to launch. Hughes claimed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said he couldn't launch his rocket as planned in Amboy (Mojave). He claimed the federal agency had given him verbal permission more than a year ago, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
However, a BLM spokeswoman said its local field office had no record of speaking with Hughes and that he had not applied for the necessary special recreation permit to hold an event on public land.
You can see Hughes' latest update in the following video.
We wish Mad Mike the best of luck in his future endeavors and that his message goes around the world.