By 2016, Hughes was trying to raise funds for a second rocket launch. But this time, he had an ax to grind. At some point that year, he became converted to flat Earth beliefs. And while cynics were quick to draw a link between Hughes’ dwindling funds and his new allegiance to the cause, the inventor hoped that his mission would shed some light on the debate.
Now funded by a research group dedicated to flat Earth theory, Hughes began formulating plans to launch a homemade rocket into the skies above California. Apparently, his plan was to reach a point high enough for him to gather evidence relating to the Earth’s true nature. However, he had some hurdles to overcome first.