An Apple Valley, California man has postponed launching himself in a homemade rocket as part of a plan to ultimately prove that the Earth is flat, according to The Washington Post.
The Post on Monday reported that Mike Hughes said that the launch would happen within the week after several setbacks.
Hughes told The Post on Monday that the weather would be too windy for the effort for the next three days.
“It is brutal here,” he said in a text message of Amboy, California, an unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert alongside historic Route 66.
“I am sleeping in the rocket launcher every night,” added Hughes, who has camped out in the area since last Friday.
Hughes initially hoped to launch himself 1,800 ft. into the air last Saturday before the Bureau of Land Management told him the day before he could not do so on public land.
A BLM spokeswoman on Friday said that its local field office had no record of speaking with Hughes.
Samantha Storms added that Hughes had not applied for the necessary special recreation permit to hold an event on public land.
“Someone from our local office reached out to him after seeing some of these news articles [about the launch], because that was news to them,” she said.
Hughes insisted that BLM gave him verbal permission to perform his mission more than a year ago.
The California man then posted a YouTube video last Friday filmed the day before stating his “motor home-slash-rocket-launcher” had broken down in his driveway.
“It’s still happening,” he told The Post on Friday as he hauled the vehicle to private property in Amboy. “We’re just moving it three miles down the road.”
“I don’t see [the launch] happening until about Tuesday, honestly,” Hughes continued. “It takes three days to set up … You know, it’s not easy because it’s not supposed to be easy.”
Hughes added in a text message to The Post that it would likely take one to two more days to move the rocket’s ramp to “launch position.”
The vehicle is intended for a mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert at 500 mph after launch.
Hughes’ ultimate objective is a future launch that puts him miles above the Earth so he can photograph the planet’s true shape.
“I’ll shut the door on this ball Earth,” he said during a past flight fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group.
Flat-Earthers lack a single hypothesis for how the Earth appears if it is flat, but many picture it as a flat disc ringed by sea ice naturally holding the oceans in.