(NEWSER) – A limousine driver who planned to launch himself into the sky in a homemade rocket this Saturday to prove the Earth is flat won’t be doing that, and not just because the Earth is definitely not flat. “Mad” Mike Hughes says he had to call off his planned launch after the US Bureau of Land Management stepped in—and also after his “motorhome/rocket launcher” broke down in his driveway, the Desert Sun reports. Hughes, 61, tells the Washington Post he got verbal permission from the Bureau of Land Management last year to launch from public property in Amboy, California. A spokesperson for the bureau says it has no record of speaking to Hughes, who didn’t apply for a needed permit. The spokesperson says they reached out to Hughes after seeing media coverage ahead of his launch.