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

#1  Postby Animavore » Nov 23, 2017 11:10 am

Californian, Mike Hughes, plans to fly home-made rocket 1,800 feet into the air to prove, somehow, that the Earth is flat.

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-sty ... 2?mode=amp

It's science, I guess. I'll be keeping an eye out for live feeds on Saturday. It might be the only time in my life I get to see a Darwin award nomination as it happens.
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#2  Postby RobM » Nov 23, 2017 11:37 am

I don't think the tin-foil helmet will do him much good.
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#3  Postby Matt_B » Nov 23, 2017 11:53 am

I'd be more impressed if people hadn't already flown a Raspberry Pi based probe far higher on a hydrogen balloon to the extent that you could observe the curvature of the Earth with its camera.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pi-in-the-sky/
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#4  Postby Mike_L » Nov 23, 2017 11:57 am

So 1800 ft is the ceiling of the dome that envelops the flat Earth?
Silly man. Why endanger himself when he can just attach a camera to an unmanned rocket? Like in this video...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAcp3BFBYw4



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#5  Postby aban57 » Nov 23, 2017 11:58 am

So he flies to prove the earth is flat, but there is no mention of a camera in the article. I guess he can't risk a live feed, as it would make him look like an idiot.
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#6  Postby quas » Nov 23, 2017 12:28 pm

Don't fly too close to the sun!
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those who think alike than those who think differently. -Nietzsche
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#7  Postby GrahamH » Nov 23, 2017 12:44 pm

Mike_L wrote:So 1800 ft is the ceiling of the dome that envelops the flat Earth?


Does he intend to bump into the 'dome'? :shock:
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#8  Postby GrahamH » Nov 23, 2017 12:54 pm

Give him some credit for getting off the ground.



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#9  Postby aban57 » Nov 23, 2017 12:56 pm

From the link in the OP :

Thankfully, he is not a complete neophyte in the matter of rockets. In 2014 he built and launched a rocket which he jumped on in Winkelman, Arizona, and traveled 1,374 feet. He hadn’t banked on the effect of G-forces and collapsed after landing and took three days to recover.
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#10  Postby Mike_L » Nov 23, 2017 12:57 pm

GrahamH wrote:
Mike_L wrote:So 1800 ft is the ceiling of the dome that envelops the flat Earth?


Does he intend to bump into the 'dome'? :shock:

He intends to break right through it... into the waters that surround the flat Earth... and beyond... there to meet the Almighty Himself.
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#11  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Nov 23, 2017 1:11 pm

He's gonna die.
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#12  Postby Mike_L » Nov 23, 2017 1:25 pm

They* will make him disappear. Just like They made Andrea Barnes disappear after she discovered the Great Ice Wall of Antarctica and the truth about the flat Earth. :grin:

For those who have 25 minutes to waste, this 1990 'documentary' offers quite a few chuckles of the :roll: and :facepalm: sort...




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#13  Postby TopCat » Nov 23, 2017 1:57 pm

1800 feet?

As any light aircraft pilot can confirm, the earth doesn't look any less flat to the eye from 1800 feet than it does from ground level.

In fact, I'd say it probably looks more flat, since you can see more of the flatness that is inevitable, given how big the earth is, and less of the edge effects such as ships disappearing over the horizon.

So yes, if he survives, he'll definitely prove the Flat Earth to his own satisfaction.

The thing is, the FEs are way more crazy than you expect, and when you challenge them with something they can't answer, they start by explaining with arm-waving pseudo-physics (as in, they've heard a few sciency-sounding words but that's the extent of their understanding), and when you press them harder with actual physics, they just ignore you.

I signed up on the FE society forum a while back for giggles, and it really is the most frustrating experience.

Even a simple question such as 'so what are the satellite dishes pointing at, then?' (for they deny the existence of satellites, and space in general) rapidly disappears down a rabbit hole.

I'm going to have another go when I have the energy, as I recently started using SkyDemon for flight navigation. It is insanely good, and (quite apart from all the planning and flight-nav features) I was particularly blown away by the fact that the GPS-derived altitude is reliably within 10-20 feet of my altimeter reading. And that's just from the GPS receiver in a Samsung tablet which I use to show the moving map.

I'll await with some amusement their explanations of how ground-based transmitters can do 3D triangulation to that degree of precision.

But it will all end with fingers-in-ears denialism, as usual.
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#14  Postby GrahamH » Nov 23, 2017 2:11 pm

Mike_L wrote:
For those who have 25 minutes to waste, this 1990 'documentary' offers quite a few chuckles of the :roll: and :facepalm: sort...



The stupidity displayed is remarkable.
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#15  Postby Mike_L » Nov 23, 2017 3:17 pm

GrahamH wrote:
Mike_L wrote:
For those who have 25 minutes to waste, this 1990 'documentary' offers quite a few chuckles of the :roll: and :facepalm: sort...



The stupidity displayed is remarkable.

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#16  Postby Blackadder » Nov 24, 2017 9:44 am

If only Magellan could have spoken to guys like this in 1520. He wouldn’t have wasted his time trying to circumnavigate the Earth.
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#17  Postby Matt_B » Nov 24, 2017 10:03 am

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#18  Postby The_Piper » Nov 24, 2017 10:23 am

I think I was at 1800 feet today on the way to T-day dinner. Ever hear of mountains? :scratch:
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#19  Postby felltoearth » Nov 24, 2017 1:06 pm

Dude could just travel to China.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canton_Tower

The observation deck there is 1500ft.

And yeah, he could also catch a glimpse out the plane window on his way.
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#20  Postby monkeyboy » Nov 24, 2017 2:14 pm

Like, erm the average passenger jet cruises between 35000 and 45000 feet. This nugget could have taken a couple of flights for a much lower cost and risk. Shit, for the money he's spent he could have chartered a flight to go to the exact altitude he wants to go to for hours.
Wouldn't wish any harm towards him but if it does go tits up, he gets no sympathy from me, he's a fucking idiot, motivated by utter fucknuttery.
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