First: family

All my gratefulness in the first place to my three loves: my son Nicolas my daughter Aldana and my wife Karina. I Wish to thank their patience during the countless hours that I spent in front of the PC or in a library, devoted to this project. Also their support and encouragement to keep on with it.

Second: the anonymous armada

Much of the information provided in this website came from "inside sources" working in the ballooning field, in research institutes, or universities around the the world. They prefer to remain anonymous but I know perfectly whom they are, and I'm truly and deeply grateful of their support and the mutual confidence.

Third: some special mentions

Doris "Archangel" J. Morris, librarian of the Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA) in Wallops, USA by its incredible collaboration. If it had not been by its aid -that allowed me to obtain key data for my research- StratoCat would not exist.

Dwight Bawcom, former Operations Manager from NASA balloon program. Its wisdom and knowledge was a key factor to the deep change done on StratoCat in 2008.

Gregory Kennedy, a friend in the distance and another person whom shares this passion by scientific ballooning, who gave me the tremendous honor of allowing me to work with the correction of his Book about the project Manhigh.

Pablo Rusca whom granted access to the impressive library of the Instituto de Astronomia y Fisica del Espacio (IAFE) and allowing me to obtain a great amount of information as well previously unpublished pictures on regard the past balloon activities at IAFE.

Marcelo Salvia, from ZERO ORBITAL wich provide us with highly professional map's of balloon's flight paths reconstructed from original GPS records.

Leslie Forehand and Sonja Stevenson, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) library. They sent to me by mail copies of several NCAR's publications that allowed me to fill several information "gaps", besides to cause that the mailman of my district hates my. Also very specially to Judy Dayhoff who scanned and sent me by e-mail a lot of useful balloon related documents.

To Alejandro Agostinelli, the person behind Dios! and Factor 302.4 by his support to the idea behind this site.

To Diego Zúñiga captain of La Nave de los Locos (Fool's ship) and a great friend of mine.

To Vicente Juan Ballester-Olmos, from Fotocat Project by its disinterested cession of a chapter of a book he wrote "Expedientes Insólitos" and by its constant contribution to the project.

Fourth: the rest of the world

In this section are included, divided by countries and in alphabetical order, all the people and institutions that helped us in a way or other, including those websites that linked us. Believe it or not, remeber it or not, but, if your name appear in this list, you had contributed in a way or another to this project.

Argentina

Biblioteca Nacional de Aeronáutica de Buenos Aires
Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación
Lic. Roberto Banchs
Marcelo Brunet, Edenoticias
Martha Castro, Servicio Meteorológico Nacional
Tomás Charrás, BLOG Actualidad Aeronáutica en Parana
Diego Córdova, BLOG Prensa Espacial
Carlos Demaría, CATAOVNI
Lic. Angel Diaz
Foro ESPACIAL
Esteban Alejandro Fernandez
Antonio Gagliardini, CENPAT
David Guevara
Carlos Iurchuk
Heriberto Janosch, BLOG Espacio Exterior
Silvia Larocca y su excelente sitio La meteorología al alcance de todos
Jose "Pepeu" Lucero
Gustavo Maron
Leopoldo Fausto Montello
Ruben Morales, Rio 54
Gloria Nazer, Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio
Lic. Roberto Venero, Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas - UNLP

Bolivia

Francesco Zaratti Sacchetti, Laboratorio de Física de la Atmósfera (UMSA)
Germán Morales Chávez, del Centro de Astronomía Sigma Octante (UCB)

Canadá

Maria Elena Aguilar, CSA Stratos
Murray Fraser
Martin Lebeuf, CSA Stratos
Steven Leclair, National Research Council
Stevee Montminy, CSA Stratos
Josh Schaefer
Dale Sommerfeldt, Scientific Instrumentation Ltd.
Kimberly Strong
Bert Swann
Max Toms

Finland

India

Italy

Andrea Boscaleri, IFAC
Alberto Bonetti, IFAC
Bruno Carli, IFAC
Stefano Cortiglioni, IASF-Bologna
Filippo Frontera
Silvia Masi, G31 observational cosmology group
Francesco Mencaraglia, IFAC
Paolo Montefusco, LowCoins TEAM
Mauro Orlandini, IASF
Roberto Palumbo, CIRA
Edoardo Russo, CISU
Gennaro Russo, CIRA
Michelangelo Serpico, CIRA
Domenico Spoto, ASI

Great Britain

México

Luis Ruiz Noguez, Marcianitos Verdes
Martin Medina

Norway

Oslash;yvind Nikolaisen
Petter Dragøy, Andoya Rocket Range
Jens Eftang
Trond Sandmo

United States

David Bailey
Steve Beach
Eric Bellm, Dispatches from the Field - NCT Telescope
Joel Carpenter, UFX
Lyle Carson
Mark Caviezel
Robert J. Chañez
Eric Christian, TIGER
Mark J. Christl, Nasa MSFC
Antonio Copete, Proyecto ProtoEXIST
Leonard David
Richard E. Davis, NASA Langley
Mark Devlin, BLAST
Daniel J. Endres
Rodger Farley
Elizabeth Flowers, Wallops Flight Facility
Paul Freeman, Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
R.J. Gade
Dennis Gallaher, NASA
Juventino Garcia
John Garrett
Suzy Goodsell, General Mills Inc.
Peter Gorham
Marley Graham USS Colonial Association
Bob Hamilton Balloon Life
Robert C. Haymes
Claude Haynes, East Valley Astronomy Club
Stephen S. Holt, Olin College of Engineering
Rick Jones, Blastvalve
William Jones, Princeton University
Christine Kalakuka
Sharon Kalie
Eric Kells, Enercon Engineering
Steve Kelly, Bermuda Online
Norman T. Kjome, University of Wyoming
Rokutaro Koga
Jeff Kowalski
Melissa Kozlowski, Fort Monmouth
Arlin Krueger
Chuck Kubin
Allan Labrador Caltech
James T. Lee, M.D
Mike Manes
Joe Martz
Charles Meegan, NASA
Kevin Miller
Scott Murphy, CosmoCam
Jiwoo Nam
Philip L. Paliotti, USS Atka association
Fred Perrin CSBF
Steven Peterzen, ISTAR Group
Robert Rochte
Tom Rogers
Sam Rua Jr.
Prof. James Ryan, University of New Hampshire
Bryan Sandoval, Amsus
Glenn W. Sheehan, Arctic Science
David M. Smith, U.C. Santa Cruz
Tom Steiner
Bill Stepp, CSBF
Ken Sullivan
Jeremy N. Thomas
David L. Tremblay, el "Cazador" de globos
Sarah Tuttle
Jim Unroe
W. Vernon Jones, NASA
Mark Wade, Astronautix
Christopher R. Webster JPL
James J. Wentworth
Jim Whitesell
Greg Winker
James Winker
Edward L. Wright UCLA Physics & Astronomy

Uruguay

Milton Hourcade
Juan Pechiar
Jorge Villaverde

Andorra

Jesus Serrano

Austria

Nele Hottowy

Brazil

Flavio D'Amico, DAS-INPE
Gazeta do Balão
Oscar Fernandez, SLB-INPE
Osmar Pinto Junior, ELAT
Inacio Malmonge Martin Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica - ITA
Kentaro Mori, Ceticismo Aberto
Nilton B. Renó, SLB-INPE
Elisete Rinke dos Santos, SLB-INPE
Alexandra Silva Pinto, SLB-INPE
PS8RF, Blog SPACESAT
Roberto F. Silvestre, Observatório Astronômico de Uberlândia
Mariana Toledo, ELAT
Thyrso Villela Neto, DAS-INPE

Chile

Marcos González, Agrupación CANOPUS
Jaime Ferrer, Calama
Rodrigo Fuenzalida, AION
Fernando Noel
Gustavo Rodriguez, CEFAA

Equator

Jorge Mejia Cabeza, DAS-INPE

France

Claude Basdevant, LMD
Jérôme Beau
Cathy Boonne, IPSL
Jean-Philippe Cazard
Philippe Cocquerez, CNES
Yves Cohen, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
Vincent Dubourg, CNES
Pierre Faucon, CNES
Bertrand Gaubicher
Albert Hertzog, LMD
Nathalie Huret, LPC2E/CNRS
Philippe Lalande, ONERA
Gerard Letrenne, CNES
Myriana Lozach, CNES
Eric Maillot, CNES
Sandrine Maloreau
Joëlle Ovarlez, LMD
Jean-Pierre Pommereau
Patrick Ragazzo, CNES
Robert Regipa
Jean-Baptiste Renard, LPCE
Michel Taillade, "Nos premières années dans l'espace"
Elise Tastet, CNES
Jean-Jacques Velasco
François Vial, LMD

Germany

Alexandra Dietz, Kayser-Threde GmbH
Kevin Glinka, Project Vortex
Dietrich Lemke, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Wolfgang Menn, University of Siegen
Hermann Oelhaf , MIPAS-B team
Wolfram Saedtl, Kayser-Threde GmbH
Helmut Steinle, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik
Anne Theuerkauf, Leibniz-Institut für Atmosphärenphysik
Michael Volk
Gerald Wetzel
Axel Wittmann, Institute for Astrophysics, Goettingen
Hubertus Woehl, Kiepenheuer-Institut fuer Sonnenphysik

Japan

Yasuo Doi
Shuichi Gunji
Tatsuaki Hashimoto
Satomi Ishi
Eiji Kamioka
Fumiyoshi Makino
Yasushi Ogasaka, Nagoya University
Iroshi Shibai, Nagoya University

Netherlands

Johan Bleeker, SRON
Martin Siegl, ESA Education Office

Portugal

Ricardo Britan, Blog Ano Zero

Puerto Rico

Luz Guzman, OVNI.Net

Russian Federation

Dr. Vladimir G. Tyshkevich
Dr. Yury P. Tsvetkov

Southafrica

Willem Botha
Gerrie Coetzee, SHADOZ Irene
Robert Guedj
Cristo Louw
Johan vd Merwe
Zahida Sirkhotte, National Library of Southafrica

Spain

Fundación Anomalía
Manuel Borraz Aymerich
Jose Manuel Dorado Gutierrez, INTA
Javier Garnica Cortezo
Luis R. González Manso
Antonio Jiménez
Jose Juan Montejo
Manuel Montes, BLOG "Noticias del Espacio"
Gustavo Siles
Juan Carlos Victorio, BLOG "Misterios del Aire"
Jon Teus
Universo

Switzerland

Angela Knupfer, PMOD / WRC

Fifth: the software tools

To carry out a project like StratoCat is only possible with the right tools. They are:

Araneae: a very simple HTML text oriented editor, developed by Mark McIntyre

CSVed: a little but very powerfull program that allows to edit CSV files. It was created by Sam Francke

Irfan View: an excelent image manager with basic edition options. Developed by Irfan Skiljan

jBox a powerful and flexible jQuery plugin. Developed by Stephan Wagner.

PPWIZARD this is StratoCat's heart. An HTML pre-processor very powerfull that allows to develope "dynamical" sites without using PHP or ASP. Created by Dennis Bareis

Replace Text: a little piece of wonderful software to make massive replacements. Plenty of usefull options it was developed by Bill Klein

Timeline JS: a very simple to use system to create highly professional timelines, developed by Zach Wise

Xenu's Link Sleuth an utility that checks Web sites for broken links. Created by Tilman Hausherr