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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#141  Postby johnbrandt » Jan 10, 2018 1:22 pm

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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#142  Postby zulumoose » Jan 10, 2018 2:30 pm

Don't use photobucket, nobody will be able to see it.
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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#143  Postby GrahamH » Mar 25, 2018 8:06 pm

Why do you think that?
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#144  Postby Mike_L » Mar 26, 2018 7:33 am

Take that, all you "oblate spheroid" bozos! :tongue2: All your "round Earth" arguments are flattened now!

But seriously...

A brave undertaking and a fine accomplishment, though it does nothing for the 'Flat Earth' cause.
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#145  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Apr 05, 2018 8:12 pm

Looks like he didn't go nearly high enough to observe curvature visually.

It would be much easier to launch a boat with a vertical marker pole and sail over the horizon from the perspective of a second observer.
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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#146  Postby BlackBart » Feb 23, 2020 4:53 pm

Ooops.


A US daredevil pilot has been killed during an attempted launch of a homemade rocket in the Californian desert.

"Mad" Mike Hughes, 64, crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off near Barstow on Saturday.

A video on social media shows a rocket being fired into the sky before plummeting to the ground nearby.

Hughes was well-known for his belief that the Earth was flat. He hoped to prove his theory by going to space.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51602655

At least he proved the Earth isn't flat. There's a large dent in it now. :coffee:
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#147  Postby Seabass » Feb 23, 2020 4:56 pm

Well, at least he went out doing what he loves... :cheers:
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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#148  Postby aban57 » Feb 23, 2020 4:59 pm

Seabass wrote:Well, at least he went out doing what he loves... :cheers:


Being stupid ?
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#149  Postby theropod_V_2.0 » Feb 23, 2020 5:02 pm

Stranger things. We were forced to stay in Barstow for two days less than two weeks ago.

What I remember about the town is the outrageous number of liquor stores, dust and one weird layout.

Who would have thought manned rocket missions were difficult and dangerous?

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#150  Postby aufbahrung » Feb 23, 2020 5:14 pm

For one moment his theory was proven in a limited sort of way.
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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#151  Postby Seabass » Feb 23, 2020 5:20 pm

aban57 wrote:
Seabass wrote:Well, at least he went out doing what he loves... :cheers:


Being stupid ?

Giving new meaning to the term "flat-earther"... :tehe:
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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#152  Postby BlackBart » Feb 23, 2020 5:27 pm

It's on Youtube if you care to look. A rather Wile Coyotesque way to go.
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#153  Postby newolder » Feb 23, 2020 5:42 pm

From the BBC link:
With the help of his partner Waldo Stakes, Hughes was trying to reach an altitude of 5,000ft (1,525m) while riding his steam-powered rocket, according to Space.com.


FFS, there are picnic spots above 7000 feet close to Lone Pine*, a mere 100 miles up the 395.

* The easiest access to the Sierra from Lone Pine is at the 8,374-foot Whitney Portal, about 13 miles west of town.
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#154  Postby BlackBart » Feb 23, 2020 6:03 pm

He could have spent a few hundred dollars on a raspberry pi powered camera balloon and got video from 35km up.
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#155  Postby newolder » Feb 23, 2020 6:07 pm

... or read the works of Eratosthenes in the local library for free.
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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#156  Postby laklak » Feb 23, 2020 6:09 pm

Hired a small plane, took a hot air balloon trip, bought an airline ticket...
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#157  Postby aufbahrung » Feb 23, 2020 6:23 pm

5000 ft....about the distance to my local off-licence. Gonna give it a shot, wish me luck. Straight up and straight down. No parachute.
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#158  Postby BlackBart » Feb 23, 2020 6:47 pm

laklak wrote:Hired a small plane, took a hot air balloon trip, bought an airline ticket...


Shine a laser across a lake. :ask:
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#159  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Feb 24, 2020 10:05 pm

BlackBart wrote:He could have spent a few hundred dollars on a raspberry pi powered camera balloon and got video from 35km up.


Camera manufacturers have thought of this already. They apply a warping filter to give the horizon a false curvature.
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Re: Man plans home-made rocket trip to prove flat Earth.

#160  Postby SkyMutt » Feb 24, 2020 10:16 pm

He knew that 5,000 feet was insufficient to achieve his objective. He wasn't a complete numpty (he already had got off the ground and returned successfully in contraptions of his own devising): This would be best understood as a test flight.

Would flat-Earth-believer Hughes have been able to see our planet's sphere at 5,000 feet (1,524 m)? Nope. And he knew that, saying he would need to soar past the so-called Kármán line — where the sky ends and space begins, or roughly 62 miles (100 kilometers) above Earth — to see the curvature with his own eyes.

To do that, Hughes told the Associated Press in 2018 that he wanted to build a "Rockoon," or rocket/gas-balloon-hybrid. That, he said, would let him float high into the atmosphere before lighting the rocket's fuse to boost him even farther into the air.
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