The Kansas Organization for Spacemodeling (KOSMO) is a group of families and individuals in Kansas that have a common interest in model rocketry. KOSMO is a chartered Section of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).
The 2018 KOSMO year has ended and we begin looking forward to 2019. The new year starts with the annual meeting, which will be held this year on January 12th. The meeting take place at the EAA Chapter 88 Building in Wichita, KS, 3612 N Web Rd. Starting with lunch at 12:00 noon (suggested donation of $6/person) the meeting will follow, covring topics such as election of officers, setting the 2019 launch schedule, and more. Family and non-members welcome. Bring any winter projects to show.
Unfortunately, the fall weather did not cooperate with the scheduled October launch, called Rocket-tober Fest. We ended up cancelling the event altogether. There is one more KOSMO launch on the 2018 calendar, however. That is Nightflight, to be held on November 10th in Hutchinson at the Kansas State Fairground parking lot. This will be a normal low-mid power sport launch, starting at 3:00pm. At dusk, there will be an opportunity to fly lighted rockets into the night sky. This is an event in which you will want to come watch and participate.
The Final Frontier Fun Fly launch had to he postponed to our first alternate date, but on that day we had good weather and a lot of good flights. A highlight was the successful Level 2 high power certification by one of our members. We now look forward to our last high power launch of the year, Rocket-tober Fest on Saturday, October 6th. In the event of unfavorable weather, there are alternates schedules for Oct 13th and Oct 20th. This launch will again be at the Lanterman Farm location. Come join us!
After the typical summer break from scheduled launches, we hope to get back into the swing of things with the annual Final Frontier Fun Fly high power rocket launch. This will take place Saturday, September 8 at the Lanterman Farm near Ellinwood, KS. If weather doesn't cooperate, we have scheduled alternate dates on both September 15, and 22.
The 38th annual Kansas Rocket Aero Modeler's Open (KRAMO) will be held at the Kansas State Fair Grounds in Hutchinson, KS on June 2-3. This is our annual contest launch. This year's event will be a National Rocketry Competion sanctioned event. Any NRC event may be flown and those results will be submitted to the NAR for standing in the national contest. You do not, however, need to be a NAR member to participate in the contest. Event and overall contest awards will be given. Please see the KRAMO page on this site for all of the details.
The record dry conditions and the Kansas winds have made scheduling rocket launches difficult this year. The March Spring Fling launch was canceled after three attempts. We finally did get a low-power launch in on April 7th in Hutchinson. It started out as a cold day, but got nicer as the day wore on. The next launch is scheduled for May 5, again in Hutchinson. Here's to fair weather and calm winds.
The first KOSMO launch of 2018 is coming up in just over a month. Spring Fling will be on Saturday, March 3, new Ellinwood, KS. This in one of our high power launches. We will have an FAA waiver for up to 10,000ft above ground level. Low and mid-power rockets will be flown as well. If the weather doesn't cooperate we have alternate dates scheduled fro March 10 and March 17. Stay tuned to the web site for up to the minute updates.
The launch scheduled for April 21 in Hutchinson has been changed to Saturday, April 7, due to a conflict at the State Fair Grounds. The change has been made on the Launch Dates page.
The launch schedule for 2018 has been posted. Please see the Launch Dates page for all of the details. Additionally, the events for KRAMO were decided. KRAMO will be a NAR Rocketry Competion (NRC) sanctioned launch. All of these details can be found on the KRAMO Page.