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).
As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, we recognize that the rocket launching season in Kansas is coming to a close. One more launch this year is scheduled. It will be a low and mid-power launch on the parking lot at the Kansas State Fair grounds in Hutchinson. We will be meeting regardless of weather conditions. If we can't fly rockets, we will go someplace for lunch and chat about rockets. Make plans to join us.
Due to conflicts in a number of schedules, the KOSMO October high-power launch at Ellinwood is being rescheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019. This was originally the alternate date in case of bad weather. It is now the primary launch date. If there are weather problems on the 26th, there will be no alternate date.
KOSMO will be participating in the Landing On The Lawn event at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS on Saturday, July 20. This event is one of several that the Cosmosphere is hosting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon by Apollo 11. This event will not involve any rocket launches. We will be setting up a display table and members will be available to talk to the public and answer questions about model rocketry and our club. We hope to see you there.
Despite some initially questionable weather forecasts, the 39th edition of KRAMO went on with excellent weather and a good turnout. This year featured a different than normal schedule, starting Sat afternoon and including a night launch that evening. The event then resumed Sun morning until just after noon. The competition was a bit lighter than in some years as some events only had a couple participants. That said, there were also some good sport flights and we had several guests including two of the members of the Wichita Truesdale Middle School national finalist TARC team. At the end of the event, everyone went away having enjoyed the experience.
The annual Kansas Rocket Aero Modeler's Open contest is just two weeks away. This year we are changing up the schedule somewhat. On Saturday, June 1, we will be starting at 2:00pm with contest flying and sport flying. Saturday night we plan to have a night launch. Then Sunday morning, June 2, we'll start early at 8:00am with the plan of finishing the event by 1:00pm. This is a NAR sanctioned National Rocketry Competition launch, so any of this years NRC events may be flown. The KRAMO contest includes three of those NRC events along with a few others. Please see the KRAMO Page for all of the details.
After one postponement, the KOSMO launch season got underway with a successful Spring Fling launch. It was a small group, but fun was had by all. Highlites included a Level 1 certification and a J motor powered flight that busted mach 1. For the next launch we head to the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson for some low-mid power fun.
The first launch of 2019 is rapidly approaching. That seems hard to believe, probably because the weather has not yet been at all spring like. The first date of Spring Fling is Sat, March 9. At the time of this writing, it seems that the weather may not cooperate with that schedule. So keep in mind that alternate dates of March 16 and March 23 are also scheduled. Keep watch on this site as any announcements will be posted here.
KOSMO kicked off 2019 with its annual business meeting on January 12th at the EAA building on the Jabara Airport in Wichita, KS. We enjoyed a BBQ pulled pork lunch prepared by club member Steve Hamous. Following lunch, we made plans for the new year including the confirmation of club officers, setting a launch schedule, choosing events for KRAMO, and several other items.
The 2019 launch schedule can be found on the Events page. There are three high power launches planned at our launch field near Ellinwood, KS and three low-mid power sport launches at the Kansas State Fair Grounds in Hutchinson, KS.
The 39th annual Kansas Rocket Aero Modeler's Open (KRAMO) will be held in June in Hutchinson, KS. Details of this event can be found on the KRAMO page. This is our annual contest with six interesting competative evnets. It will also be a NAR sanctioned National Rocketry Competition launch. For the first time we are also planning to conduct a night launch during KRAMO on Saturday evening.
We are looking forward to a great year and hope to see you out on the launch field. If you have any questions, please see the Contact page for ways to get in touch.