Sunday, February 23, 2020
Mike Hughes, the self-made engineer who billed himself as the "world's greatest daredevil," was killed Saturday outside Barstow during a launch of a homemade rocket gone wrong, his publicist confirmed. Hughes, who went by the nickname "Mad Mike," was captured on video as he rode a rocket into the sky, failed to activate a parachute and then plummeted to his death, said Darren Shuster, his public relations representative. ... Saturday's launch was supposed to be featured in "Homemade Astronauts," a series on the Science Channel, according to Discovery.com. The series followed people looking to "explore the final frontier on limited budgets," the company said.
Hughes stated that he built his homemade rocket mostly through, "trial and error," and admitted, "You don't get a lot of second chances, though, in the rocket business."
Film of the launch:
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