2017 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 Fest — Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Ellinwood, KS Airport (Launch Site Information)
  • Launch Fee: $4.00 ($3.00 members)
  • 10,000ft Waiver
  • BBQ available at Noon (for a small fee)
  • Alternative dates: Saturday March 18 and Saturday April 1, 2017

The Spring Fest 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 in to the high power stuff.

If there is unfavorable weather on March 4, we are scheduling two possible alternative dates of March 18, and April 1.

Sport Launch — Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Launch Fee: $4.00 ($3.00 members)
  • 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 13, 2017

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Launch Fee: $4.00 ($3.00 members)
  • 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 10-11, 2017

This is the 37th annual Kansas Rocket Aero Modeler's Open. Once again this year we will be hosting a two day NAR sanctioned competition. KRAMO will be organized as a regional meet. Please see the KRAMO page for all the details.

The Kansas Rocket Aero Modeler's Open

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.

Sport and 4-H Launch — Saturday, July 8, 2017

  • Rush County Airport, near La Crosse, KS
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • 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.

Sport Launch — Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Launch Fee: $4.00 ($3.00 members)
  • 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.

Final Frontier Fun Fly — Saturday, September 16, 2017

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Lanterman Farm (See Maps)
  • Launch Fee: $4.00 ($3.00 members)
  • 10,000ft Waiver
  • BBQ available at Noon (for a small fee)
  • Alternate date in case of bad weather: September 30, 2017

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 in to the high power stuff.

Rocket-tober Fest — Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Ellinwood, KS Airport or Lanterman Farm (See Maps)
  • Launch Fee: $4.00 ($3.00 members)
  • 10,000ft Waiver
  • Alternate date in case of bad weather: October 28, 2017

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 in to the high power stuff.

Nightflight — Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Kansas State Fairgrounds Parking Lot, Hutchinson, KS (Launch Site Information)
  • Launch Fee: $4.00 ($3.00 members)
  • Class 1 sport launches from 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Lighted, Class 1 rockets from 6:00pm-7:00pm

The Nightflight launch is an annually scheduled event that has a twist. Starting later in the afternoon (3:00pm), this starts out as a regular sport launch limited to low and mid powered rockets (Class 1) that can reasonably be expected to stay with in the bounds of the field.

After 6:00pm, or when it gets dark, all rockets must have illumination throughout the entire duration of the flight. This is the "Nightflight" part of the event and it can be spectacular.

Annual Business Meeting — Saturday, January 6, 2018

  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Location to be Determined

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.