2020 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 14, 2020

  • 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Lanterman Family Farm, Ellinwood, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • 10,000ft Waiver
  • Alternative dates: Saturday March 21 and Saturday March 28

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 14, we are scheduling two possible alternative dates of March 21, and March 28.

Sport Launch — Saturday, April 25, 2020

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Class 1 sport launches
  • Alternative date: Saturday, May 2

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.

If there is unfavorable weather on April 25th, we are scheduling and alternate date of May 2nd.

KRAMO — Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14, 2020

This is the 40th 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.

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.

Barton County Fair — Saturday, July 11, 2020

KOSMO plans to be conducting a launch so that 4-H members can launch their rockets at the Barton County Fair. Watch for more details as they become available.

Rush Counth 4-H and Sport Launch — To Be Determined

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.

Sport Launch — Saturday, August 15, 2020

  • 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.

If the weather is not favorable for this launch, we will meet anyway and turn the event into a social function, probably including lunch. There will not be any alternative dates set.

Final Frontier Fun Fly — Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • 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 19

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 12th, we are scheduling an alternative date of September 14th.

Rocket-tober Fest — Saturday, October 3, 2020

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

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 3rd, we are scheduling an alternative date of October 10th.

Sport Launch — Saturday, November 14, 2020

  • 12:00pm - 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.

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 9, 2020

  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Steve Hamous Residence

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.