Steam-Powered Rocket Ready For Its Next Manned Flight
There are some who believe that steam-powered cars – like those made by Stanley Motor Carriage Company in the early 1900s – are the solution to air pollution, fossil fuel consumption and even noise pollution. No one says that about steam-powered rockets … except Mike Hughes, the designer and pilot of the X-2 SkyLimo Steam Rocket that he’s getting ready for another flight in April.
What? You’ve never heard of a steam-powered rocket or Mike Hughes? Maybe you’re more familiar with his nickname …’Mad Mike’ Hughes. Hughes is a 60-year-old daredevil following in the footsteps of the late Evel Knievel and the still-alive Wile E. Coyote. He claims he currently holds the world record for a manned steam-powered rocket flight – 1,374 feet – set on January 30, 2014.