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 previous post incorrectly stated that the start time of the KOSMO annual meeting, via Zoom, was at 6:00pm on Saturday, January 9th. The correct start time is 6:30pm. We apologize for the confusion.
It is nearly time to start a new year. 2020 was a rather rough rocketry year, just like nearly everything else. Obviously we aren't quite there yet, but hopefully in 2021 we can start to get back to normal. As is our tradition, we will hold an annual meeting on January 9th, 2021 to discuss the upcoming year, plan for launch dates, contest events, and any other business that comes up. Unlike normal, however, we will be holding this annual meeting virtually via Zoom. Some details about how to join the Zoom session are in this month's Kosmonaut newsletter. If you are a KOSMO member or would like to become a member, please join us at 6:00pm on Saturday January 9th.
As we get deeper into fall and start to think about winter coming, the rocket launching season is coming to an end. KOSMO has one more launch scheduled. This will be a low/mid power launch at the Hutchinson field on Saturday, November 12th, from noon to 4:00pm. Hope to see everyone there.
The weather in September didn't cooperate with us very well and it took three tries to get the September launch done. As a result of that, we have decided to move the Octomber launch back by a week, to the 10th. We'll play it by ear as to whether or not there will be an alternate date if the 10th doesn't work out.
The Final Frontier Fun Fly launch has been postponed to September 19th due to weather conditions.
The annual Final Frontier Fun Fly launch is scheduled for Sept 12th. This will be a high power launch at our launch site near Ellinwood, KS. Last minute changes to the schedule will be announced here on the web site.
The August sport launch is happening Saturday, August 15th at our Hutchinson, KS field, the large parking lot on the east side of the Fair Grounds. Remember to use the Plum Street entrance. We plan to be ready to start launching rockets at 9:00am. At this time the weather is looking okay, but it will be hot, so bring water and sunscreen.
The weather forecast for this weekend has some wind, particularly on Sunday. It has therefore been decided that we will plan to hold KRAMO on Saturday only. We will extend the scheduled time slightly from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KOSMO has not held any club launches so far in 2020. Due to a relaxation of recommendations by the State of Kansas and the National Association of Rocketry, we are planning to hold KRAMO 40 with some modifications. In an effort to make it easier for participants to practice appropriate social distancing, we have eliminated the night flight that was scheduled and have changed the schedule. We are still planning to fly competition and sport launches on both Saturday and Sunday, but leave it up to each participant to decide which day(s) they would like to be present. Any competition prizes will be sent to any flyer not present at the end of the event. Please read the KRAMO Page for all of the details.
As we enter a new decade, the Kansas Organization for Spacemodeling is celebrating a milestone. KOSMO has now existed as a club and a section of the National Association of Rocketry for 40 years. We have a number of events planned for 2020 and we hope you will come join us. Let's make the 40th year, one of the best.