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Chadwick BukurBy Chadwick Bukur
First created
Chadwick BukurBy Chadwick Bukur
First created
$2,141
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
24
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 25 2013 5:15 PM UTC +00:00

About

12/21/2012 - What a fitting day to launch a UFO invasion!  Thank you for taking the time to view our project.

Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer in flight!
Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer in flight!

Below you will find additional information regarding The Original COSMIC UFO Techno- Flyer.  I am including easy to follow instructions on assembly and incredible inflight footage that’s been recorded throughout the years!  As an added incentive, I’ve also incorporated some detailed pictures of the different pledge level rewards.  Just a simple way for us to thank you, for helping this dream take flight!

Digging deeper... For the whole story!

So much of how Kickstarter works is based on the story itself.  For the sake of fluidity and understanding the overall project and the available pledge rewards, I felt like it was best to compile the entire RAW unfiltered story of this journey into a separate download.  Comprised of over 30 years of my father's sketches, drawings, postcards, and personal notes that we pulled together; this is a 42-page (22mb) (.PDF) document that can be easily downloaded and read online or printed out.  So sit back, pour a cup of joe, and enjoy this truly heartfelt, unique, and inspirational story.

Click here for the complete Cosmic UFO Techno Flyer-Story (.PDF)
Click here for the complete Cosmic UFO Techno Flyer-Story (.PDF)

Much more than just a "kite"...

The dictionary states that a “kite”, is a tethered object.  It has been the token of everything from a child’s toy to a symbol of religion.  In recent and not so recent history, they have also been used for scientific experiments and inventions.  Whether you consider the kite a mere toy, or an emblem of freedom soaring high, you truly cannot comprehend the way people's faces young and old, immediately light up with excitement when they have their first "encounter” with the COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer. 

I believe in-part that this has something to do with returning to a simpler time ... A time without all the noise and interference of today's modern society.

It truly is a humbling experience to feel the power of the wind in your hands, and makes you feel connected to something bigger than yourself.  An experience that I personally feel: My whole body and soul is taken over with excitement and pure joy, every time I fly my COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer.  When we are enjoying a windy day with our kites high in the sky; Parents, children, and onlookers all around, approach me to inquire about this amazing flying contraption.  It is a great feeling, and nothing makes my dad happier then handing the line over to a child and watching their eyes light up as their whole demeanor changes over to wonder and amazement!

It is simple and uncomplicated.

I honestly believe, that the COSMIC UFO has the effect on the people flying and watching it, due to the very unique design and method of flight.  We long to share that feeling of fun and freedom with every one of you!  When you experience your first encounter, you may be unsure of the amazing, sun catching flyer high in the sky, but I guarantee, you’ll be back for a closer look. :)  That is it's magic!  A unidentified object in flight!

Case in Point... Unscripted excitement!

I welcome you now, to watch footage from the filming of this Kickstarter video.  As you get lost in these films, remember NONE of the following 3 min clip was scripted.  This is pure, and unedited. You will see the excitement and curiosity of onlookers during this spontaneous "encounter".  The highlight of this video is at the 1:00 mark when a child discovers the “CRASHED UFO”!  As an adult, you can completely feel the authenticity of the childhood excitement felt in these two youngsters.  

See how easy the Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer is to assemble right out of the box.

The Invasion has begun...

The "INVASION HAS BEGUN" commercial in 2003 was shot and directed by a very talented Michael Huxley of Brave World Productions.  It was co-produced by Steve Cudzilo of Zzylo Productions, Inc., and my dad.  Please click on the link and enjoy this 60 second commercial that will bring you to stitches... It still cracks us up every time we watch it!

Fun fact...

When you hear someone say, “watch it twice to catch things you didn’t notice the first time”, they aren’t kidding! Upon observing the above clip, I noticed the little boy featured at the 0:52 sec mark on the above video is actually my cousin, Dawson.  He was only 4 years old at the time and was helping my dad and me when we filmed our footage in Chicago.  He is in our current videos as well, but as a mature young man!  Point being, kids of all ages truly love the COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer!

Dawson in 2003 when he was 4 years old.
Dawson in 2003 when he was 4 years old.
There he is 10 years later at age 14!
There he is 10 years later at age 14!
2 Techno-Flyers tearing up the sky!
2 Techno-Flyers tearing up the sky!
Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer flashing is the sun!
Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer flashing is the sun!

Engineered with outstanding visuals of Colors & Flash for a SOARING Flight...

My father's goal from the beginning was to deliver a high quality product built with durable components that would last for years and offer classic outdoor entertainment for generations to come.  The original designs were built with easily broken styrofoam and wooden dowel rods.  Although the cost was much less expensive and my father was constantly getting orders for new replacement kites, he couldn't stand the thought of a child’s day being ruined because of a broken kite due to inferior materials and build quality.

This is why we now use a stronger foam board with the holographic component built in and virtually unbreakable carbon fiber dowel rods.  He also engineered a way to make the kite collapsible and included a decorative travel/dual shipping box.  Now your COSMIC UFO can be taken on a plane or thrown in the back of your car, without you having to worry that any damage will befall your Techno-Flyer.  In fact, these materials work so well that the kite now flies in winds as slow as 7mph/8mph and as high as 15mph/20mph.

Raw materials shown, durable holographic foam board, carbon fiber dowel rods, and end caps.
Raw materials shown, durable holographic foam board, carbon fiber dowel rods, and end caps.

Raw footage of the Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer in action...

Yes, I understand that a five minute video of a kite demonstration might be lengthy in some people’s eyes; but my goal was to promote the longevity in flight that this amazing contraption can achieve.  In addition, the COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer can be flown with or without colorful streamers.

For the true “believer”, Pledge rewards & Descriptions...

Hopefully at this point you believe in the COSMIC UFO as much as we do.  If you’d like to help make this dream a reality, and more importantly, get your hands on your very own COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer... Here’s how!  Below you will find information and pictures of some of our pledge rewards...

$5 pledge reward  - digital wallpaper & song download - OUR TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR YOUR SUPPORT !
$5 pledge reward - digital wallpaper & song download - OUR TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR YOUR SUPPORT !
$25 T-Shirt pledge reward - FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER ! ! !
$25 T-Shirt pledge reward - FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER ! ! !
$50 pledge reward (1 Cosmic UFO kite, travel box, and 300' spool of line) - FOR THE REAL UFO ENTHUSIASTS  ! ! !
$50 pledge reward (1 Cosmic UFO kite, travel box, and 300' spool of line) - FOR THE REAL UFO ENTHUSIASTS ! ! !
$150 pledge reward (2 Cosmic UFO kites, 1 travel box, 2 upgraded 600' spools of line, and 2 sets of streamers)  -  THE MORE THE MERRIER ! ! !
$150 pledge reward (2 Cosmic UFO kites, 1 travel box, 2 upgraded 600' spools of line, and 2 sets of streamers) - THE MORE THE MERRIER ! ! !

Rock on! Out-of-this-world Kickstarter exclusive pledge reward opportunity!

A very special limited edition offer for our most serious believers: Dean Zelinsky, owner of DeanZelinsky.com is a personal friend of my father and is a "true believer" himself.  In support of our dream, he has agreed to produce 10 limited edition laser etched custom guitars.  If you or anyone you know has an appreciation for fine instruments, then Dean Zelinsky and his Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitar brand is a household name to you!

Dean’s designs have been used by ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, Dimebag Darrell, Dave Mustaine, Leslie West, Michael Schenker, Trent Reznor, Jerry Cantrell, Elliot Easton, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, and many others!  This is a very unique opportunity for any collector to own one of these unique and out-of-this-world custom works of art!  Personally autographed by both Tom Bukur & the man himself Dean Zelinsky!

Tom & Dean (while discussing the custom guitar pledge)
Tom & Dean (while discussing the custom guitar pledge)

Why now?

To show once again that the COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer is well loved by all, I’ve posted a letter dated 06/29/2011 from a die-hard fan, Mr. Woods, who saw the magic of my father's Techno-Flyer 30 years ago... And is still yearning to get his hand on another one!

Woods Letter
Woods Letter


If nothing else, it can even get you out of a speeding ticket...

Like I said before, in a "simpler" time.

Kite Lines Letter to Editor
Kite Lines Letter to Editor

WHY WE NEED TO RAISE $100,000 in pledges…

With standing demand and our proven past sales, we need to raise $100,000 so we can begin mass production and distribution with an all-new and higher quality Techno-Flyer.  The money raised will allow us to switch manufacturing over to an uniquely engineered and much stronger foam board incorporating a number of newly designed component parts, including improved “highly reflective & holographic” effects for outstanding visuals that will enable the COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer to burst into a rainbow of colors & bright flash, as it soars in the sunny skies above and flies better than ever before!  Many of our major component suppliers have voluntarily lower their minimums to especially help kick start our production because they believe in the success of the COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer as a true “FUN FOR ALL AGES” re-invented retro Air Toy with great mass appeal!  Due to new patent application considerations, further elaboration is not available at this time.   

Many years of research and test flying have gone into the aerodynamics of the COSMIC UFO, not to mention two independently studies that were commissioned and conducted in 2007 with the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN campus.  Their two reports were based on prototypes provided and the basic three laws of motion. 

What we concluded, was that forces of lift, drag and air movement acting upon a flat surface held at an angle to the wind, can cause a kite to become airborne and sustain itself in the air.  But if a kite doesn’t have a flat surface held at an angle to the wind, will it rise and air… and still be a kite?  The COSMIC UFO Techno-Flyer cannot actually be defined as a kite.  It is a Flying Machine and the scientific principles which cause it to fly are many.  The most basic and popular explanations are below:     

THE BERNOULLI PRINCIPLE by Daniel Bernoulli (1700 – 1782):  Airflow over the top of cambered surface (curved upward in the middle) travels faster than over the lower surface, creating a small vacuum at the trailing edge, which causes lift. 

THE MAGNUS EFFECT by Henrich  Magnus (1802 – 1780):  Sideways thrust of a rotating cylinder perpendicular to a current of air produces lift.            

THE 3rd LAW OF MOTION by Isaac Newton (1640 - 1727):  Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

A very special thank you...

With out the help of these very talented people none of this would of been possible.

Nicole Montemayor, Lori Sears, Paul Bukur, Nick Bukur, Patricia Bukur, Justin Lattz, Tiny, Michael & Bobbie Bukur, Gary Sanders, Theresa Kulawiak, Yvonne Mirabella, George Palmer, Connie Kohlmann, Jeff Prinsen, Kevin Salyer, David Travis, Angelo Bosco, Tom Walsh, T.J. Murphy, Jeff Ackroyd, Darrell Davis, Oscar Lopezalles, Rhonda Mabbott, Alan Meyers, Steve Collier, Catherine Hillman, Stephanie Scott, Sue & Bruce Pyle, Jesse & Jillian Gudenschwager, Marc Nelson, Russ Caplleri, Eric & Carissa Dres, Lindsey Shira, Eric Berindei, Chadwick Gin, Mark Thomas, Tommy Krueger, Melissa Montemayor, Mark Pieroni, Nick Newton, John Bukur, George Bukur, Carol Bukur, Bella, Max & Tyler Bukur, Dawson Bukur, Olivia Dres, Caleb Key, Jackie Ostrowski, Mike Huxley, Michaele Stahl, Jason Robinson, Dean Zelinsky, the family from North Avenue beach, my entire family, Kickstarter, and the countless others who helped contribute and gave their support during this entire process.

Especially Jay & Danielle Weinberg, who's unbelievable talent was the rock solid foundation from with which we built.

Thank you...

Risks and challenges

MATERIALS:
We have established reliable material and hardware suppliers, however if the need were to arise, we have a secondary sources of material and hardware.

MANUFACTURING:
We have personally manufactured over 5,000 kites ourselves. We now have established a network of manufacturers to help us reproduce on a massive scale.

PACKAGING:
We have an assembled network who will work hard checking and packaging each and every COSMIC UFO to ensure quality and completeness of each and every kite. If need be we will work round the clock with friends and family to make sure the UFOs are delivered in a timely manner.

OUR PROMISE:
Is communication, communication, communication. We have made it a goal of ours to reply as quickly as possible to all comments and messages sent by backers. By communicating on a regular basis with backers, we feel we should be able to address any issues should they arise in a proactive manner.
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After 30 years of working on this project, we really do feel we have a good handle on the process. Our main hurdle has always been having the capital to launch worldwide.

We have our patents in place and new ones ready to be applied for and we have line up everything with our third party part companies. Our only obstacle should be making sure all of the parts can be delivered in a timely manner. If not, we may have delivery dates slightly pushed back, but our goal is to have the UFOs shipping, so they can be enjoyed through the warmer months at all costs.

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    Earn a few "COSMIC" karma points! One dollar to help make a truly "out-of-this-world" dream come true!

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    3 Cosmic UFO / Windy Day Toys digital backgrounds for your desktop, smartphone, tablet, and download of our Kickstarter video's background song "Your Parade" by Danielle Cales of The Energy Commission.

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    All of the digital downloads from reward #1 and a "Believe" Cosmic UFO Tee Shirt. See the shirt in the body of the project.

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    This is the one you really want!

    One Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer with graphic shipping/carrying box and a spool of 300' invisible mono-filament line.

    Plus all digital goods from reward #1

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    The more the merrier!

    Here you will get two Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyers, two upgraded 600' spools of invisible mono-filament line, and two sets of colorful streamers.
    And all digital goods from reward #1 and the T-Shirt from pledge #2

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    Everything from all previous rewards.

    You will also receive 1 of 100 of the first production run Cosmic UFOs hand signed by the planet's first UFO salesman! Plus a personal handwritten letter from us thanking you for your support. (4 Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyers in total)

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    Be a star!

    Everything from all previous rewards, and a guaranteed spot in a future Cosmic UFO Techno-Flyer commercial. We envision running the spot on the History Channel during scheduled airings of the Ancient Aliens program or similar. Backer must provide own transportation and accommodations to set.

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    A very exclusive limited edition offer for our most serious "believers". Everything from reward #5, and a custom Cosmic UFO, limited edition, laser etched and personally autographed Dean Zelinsky Private Label - Tagliare guitar. Dean Zelinsky, owner of DeanZelinsky.com is a personal friend of Tom's and has agreed to produce 10 of these custom works of art to show his support. Check back for pictures of this reward, as they were not currently available at the time this was written. More information about Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars can be found at www.deanzelinsky.com Dean Zelinsky's designs have been used by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, Dimebag Darrell, Dave Mustaine, Leslie West, Michael Schenker, Trent Reznor, Jerry Cantrell, Elliot Easton, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar and others.

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