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Opportunity to design, build and launch aerial craft for 100,000 spectators at Red Bull's, Philadelphia Flugtag

FLUGTAG, Philadelphia, September 15th.
We're building an Aerial Bat Craft for the Red Bull FlugTag event in Philadelphia, September 15th, and it's not just some random ride. Our team is engineering a powerful human powered craft capable of oohs and ahs, while bringing delight to those seeking distance and altitude. 

PARTICIPANTS
ROB DOUGHERTY, GEOFF GRANDBERG, KELLY SIMON, MARIO KUSAKABE, ANDREW BRESSO

BACKGROUND
Flugtag is a Red Bull conceptual arts and sporting event, in which teams build custom art/air craft they launch from a pier, in costume. The Flugtag event often has in excess of 100,000 spectators, media and flight enthusiasts and an overflow of adrenaline junkies. Team Thwack fits under most of those categories.

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Meet 


4 blokes with engineering and costume backgrounds. We've been greenlit by Red Bull for our Amish Bat Buggy design. We will build to enthrall and to win.

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Buggy Technology

Our vehicle, pre-flight will be a bland Amish buggy... ho hum, but there are several technical systems we are planning that will make us the crowd choice and we believe event winner. 

Dual Thrust Propulsion Breakaway System

1) We are using a slingshot launch system providing us 15 knots of thrust on take off. 

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2) Wings. Hidden within the system a 15ft wingspan will be pushed outward by the team. It will take this mild mannered Pennsylvania buggy into a fully functional glider with THRUST.

3) Breakaway technology. Upon launch a second slingshot will detach the buggy from the wingspan and our pilot will be catapulted upwards while the wings will actual trim down to gain altitude. Yes gain.

4) Helium Burst. Hidden within our control module will be 20 large helium Batman Balloons. When the 2nd slingshot launches we will release these balloons into the air. We thought about attaching them to the wings but we want as little drag as possible.

5) Powerful Skit system to rile up the crowd and bring positive energy back to Batman. 

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6) Mobile Audio Flight Assist - playing our beloved 1960's theme song. Chosen by our supporters.

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Project Support

We need your financial support to source components for the craft including sails, balsa wood and bike parts; build and transport the Buggy and its crew to the event on September 15th and cover the rewards. We have a pretty stellar project which we are building to WIN and superb rewards for the batman and adrenaline enthusiast in YOU.

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http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com/#/index

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    Flight Ops: Our super thanks for being a supporter of team Thwack. We'll put your name on the craft and email you updates of the build progress and a pic of your name on the craft. You will help us decide which theme song track to use.

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    Amelia Earhart: Receive a photo postcard of the finished aircraft and team signed by one of our pilots as well as updates of the build. Your name goes on the craft too. An invite to our pre-party in Philadelphia September 14th. Crew will be in costume!

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    Superhero: Get an 11x17 glossy photo/poster of the team and the Bat Craft - signed by each Thwack team member as well as the signed postcard and updates from our blog and your name on the vehicle. You'll also have an invite to our themed pre-party event in Philadelphia.

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    Bruce Wayne: Receive our largest poster 24"x36" glossy of our very coolest Bat Buggy image, the postcard. Brand up: we'll put your corporate logo or name on the craft up to 4" x 7". 100,000 projected spectators and media! Plus an invitation to our pre-party in Philadelphia.

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    Robin: Receive an original sketch of the Bat Buggy, 6X8", hand drawn. In addition receive our largest poster 24"x36" glossy of our very coolest Bat Buggy image, the postcard. Brand up: we'll put your corporate logo or name on the craft up to 4" x 7". 100,000 projected spectators and media! Plus an invitation to our pre-party in Philadelphia.

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    Breakfast of Champions: Game day we're taking you out to our pre-game breakfast at someplace special with either the word Cracker or Hop in it in Philadelphia. Themed costumes for the crew are mandatory - you get to laugh. You'll get a private showing of the craft before anyone else -- sign it yourself and receive the largest poster, postcard, updates and invites.

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    Dinner of Destiny: September 14th evening: We're taking you out to our pre-game dinner at someplace special with the words Philly and Steak in it in Philadelphia plus sundaes of course. Themed costumes for the crew are mandatory - you get to laugh. You'll get a private showing of the craft before anyone else -- sign it yourself and receive the largest poster, postcard, updates and invites.

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    FANDOM: A large hand drawn 24"X36" 4-color illustration of the Bat Buggy and Team (unframed). Receive our largest poster 24"x36" glossy of our very coolest Bat Buggy image, the postcard. Brand up: we'll put your corporate logo or name on the craft up to 4" x 7". 100,000 projected spectators and media! Plus an invitation to our pre-party in Philadelphia.

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    Flight team: You're our 5th team member. You get to fly with us September 15th in Philadelphia. We'll produce a custom outfit you get to keep. Accommodations and all meals while we're in Philly - all 20hrs. It's also your choice whether you want to jump with the craft or not. Plus everything listed above.

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    Superman: You are a premium sponsor. 100,000 expected spectators, media and a definitive highly aware tipping point crowd with Your company or personal logo proudly brandished - filling two sides of the craft. Your brand will be heavily photographed by local and national press and promoted by us. Additionally you'll receive a piece of the actual craft following our flight. Plus receive our largest poster, postcard, invite to our Breakfast of Champion's in Philadelphia and a runway view of us taking flight.

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