2019 Launch Dates

This page details all of the upcoming scheduled launches for the year. If you are not a KOSMO member and would like to come watch a rocket launch, or would like to launch some rockets of your own, please read the following page regarding spectators and guests.

Spectators and Guests

Spring Fling — Saturday, March 9, 2019

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Lanterman Family Farm, Ellinwood, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • 10,000ft Waiver
  • BBQ available at Noon (for a small fee)
  • Alternative dates: Saturday March 16 and Saturday March 23

The Spring Fling launch is one of three launches this year in the Ellinwood area. This is our largest and most open launch area, which means that high power rockets are allowed at this event. We will file an FAA waiver good to 10,000 ft above ground-level. Generally speaking, this will allow up to a K impulse motor. Note that you must be properly certified, or be getting your certification, to fly high power rockets. If you would like to get Level 1 or Level 2 NAR certification, we have members that can help you with that. Please contact us if you have any questions.

While high power rockets are allowed at this launch, most flights tend to be of low and mid power rockets. So do not hesitate to join us even if you are not flying high power.

If there is unfavorable weather on March 9, we are scheduling two possible alternative dates of March 16, and March 23.

Sport Launch — Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Class 1 sport launches

The parking lot at the State Fair grounds in Hutchinson is our low/mid power field. We do limit flights to Class 1 rockets (which generally means up to a G impulse motor max) that can reasonably be expected to stay within the bounds of the field.

Sport Launch — Saturday, May 4, 2019

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Class 1 sport launches

The parking lot at the State Fair grounds in Hutchinson is our low/mid power field. We do limit flights to Class 1 rockets (which generally means up to a G impulse motor max) that can reasonably be expected to stay within the bounds of the field.

KRAMO — Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2, 2019

This is the 39th annual Kansas Rocket Aero Modeler's Open. This will be a NAR Rocketry Competition sactioned event, so any NRC flights will be allowed. Please see the KRAMO Page for more details.

New This Year. A night launch will be included as part of the KRAMO weekend. Rockets with lights will be flown after dark on Saturday. See the KRAMO Page for all the details.

Please note that regular sport launches are allowed and encouraged at this event. So, even if you aren't interested in the competition classes, please join us for some sport launches. Of course, once you see how much fun the competition flying is, you'll want to do that too.

Rush County 4-H and Sport Launch — July: Date to be determined

  • Bison City Park
  • Class 1 sport launches only

The primary purpose of this launch is for all of the Rush County 4-H kids to launch their 4-H projects. However KOSMO members and anyone in the area is welcome to come launch some rockets too.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Event — Saturday July 20, 2019

We expect to be participating in an event at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Tentative plans include setting up a static display as well as launching some Apollo era scale models. More details will be available as this event nears.

Final Frontier Fun Fly — Saturday, September 7, 2019

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Lanterman Family Farm (See Maps)
  • 10,000ft Waiver
  • BBQ available at Noon (for a small fee)
  • Alternate date in case of bad weather: September 14

The Final Frontier Fun Fly launch is one of three launches in the Ellinwood area this year. This is our largest and most open launch area, which means that high power rockets are allowed at this event. We will file an FAA waiver good to 10,000 ft above ground-level. Generally speaking, this will allow up to a K impulse motor. Note that you must be properly certified, or be getting your certification, to fly high power rockets. If you would like to get Level 1 or Level 2 NAR certification, we have members that can help you with that. Please contact us if you have any questions.

While high power rockets are allowed at this launch, most flights tend to be of low and mid power rockets. So do not hesitate to join us even if you are not flying high power.

If there is unfavorable weather on September 7, we are scheduling an alternative date of September 14.

Rocket-tober Fest — Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Lanterman Family Farm (See Maps)
  • 10,000ft Waiver
  • Alternate date in case of bad weather: October 26.

Rocket-tober Fest is one of three launches in the Ellinwood area this year. This is our largest and most open launch area, which means that high power rockets are allowed at this event. We will file an FAA waiver good to 10,000 ft above ground-level. Generally speaking, this will allow up to a K impulse motor. Note that you must be properly certified, or be getting your certification, to fly high power rockets. If you would like to get Level 1 or Level 2 NAR certification, we have members that can help you with that. Please contact us if you have any questions.

While high power rockets are allowed at this launch, most flights tend to be of low and mid power rockets. So do not hesitate to join us even if you are not flying high power.

If there is unfavorable weather on October 19, we are scheduling an alternative date of October 26.

Sport Launch — Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Class 1 sport launches from 3:00pm-6:00pm

The parking lot at the State Fair grounds in Hutchinson is our low/mid power field. We do limit flights to Class 1 rockets (which generally means up to a G impulse motor max) that can reasonably be expected to stay within the bounds of the field.

We will plan to meet in Hutchinson even if the weather is not suitable for flying rockets. In that event we will find a place to get some lunch and talk rockets.

Annual Business Meeting — Saturday January 11, 2020

  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • EAA Building at Jabara Airport in Wichita, KS

In January of each year we have a business meeting. The meeting is open to all club members and those wishing to become members. At this time we elect officers and set the event schedule for the next year. It is also traditional to bring any winter projects that you are working on to show everyone.