In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1981, which are currently available in StratoCat's database. Each row shows basic data about the launch base from which departed, date and time of the launch, and if available the duration of the mission and the site of termination or landing place of the payload.


Regarding the kind of payload or experiment transported in each balloon mission, if you move the mouse over the column labeled "Experiment" a text will be displayed showing the name of the scientific institutions involved in that mission, a brief resume of the purpose of the experiment carried onboard as well the scientific results obtained, and other information of relevance from that particular mission. Finaly at the bottom of the window we added links to external references so you can get more detailed information on that particular flight. In most cases, these references are available throught scientific websites or journals for free. In other cases however, the information was published on journals only accesible throught direct suscription or using the access provided by Universities or research centers.

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Siple Dome1/7---X-RAY & ELECTRIC FIELD DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)1/29---SKY ANCHOR XII--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)2/24.51 mbRACCOON (Radiation Controlled Balloon)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)2/1911 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES / ENGINEERING TEST10 Miles SE of Manny, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)2/20F 11 hBMLS (Balloon-borne Microwave Limb Sounder)5 Miles W Of Newton , Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)3/98 h 55 mPOSITIVE ION MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)3/194 h 10 mSOLAR IR MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/20F 6 h 15 mENGINEERING TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)3/235 hFOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/24---STATIC LAUNCH TESTNsbf Launch Pad
Holloman AFB (NM)4/1---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/55 h 40 mASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/6F 9 h 20 mCOMMUNICATION TEST10 Miles S of Laurel, Mississippi, US
Palestine (TX)4/6F 12 hCOMMUNICATION TEST20 Miles SW of Montgomery, Alabama, US
Barking Sands (HI)4/619 h 30 mCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Hyderabad4/6---X-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/95 h 50 mSOLAR IRRADIANCE MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
S.J.dos Campos (SP)4/145 hELECTRIC FIELDIn Caraguatatuba - Sao Paulo
Hyderabad4/204 h 30 mX-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/22---UV SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/24---TEST FLIGHT OF BALLOON MADE OF NEW MATERIALBalloon failure at launch
Palestine (TX)4/25F 12 hHIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION11 Miles E of El Dorado, Arkansas, US
Barking Sands (HI)4/271 h 30 mCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTNear the launch site
Palestine (TX)5/7F 21 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES15 Miles NE of Gainesville, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/7F 5 hDUAL-BEAM UV-ABSORPTION OZONE PHOTOMETER10 Miles SW of Lufkin, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/7F 22 hMSBS (Mass Spectrometer-Beam System)3 Miles NW of Mineola, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/11F 18 h 40 mBMLS (Balloon-borne Microwave Limb Sounder)23 Miles SE of Ft. Stockton, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/11F 15 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES26 Miles W of Ft. Stockton, Texas, US
Paardefontein5/28+ 116 dATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY STUDY + GRAVITY WAVES--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)5/31---DFS (Direct Flow Sampler)--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/3---TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/48 hDFS (Direct Flow Sampler)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)6/6F 24 hGAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT18 Miles SW of Corona, New Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)6/7F 5 h 50 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES / ENGINEERING TEST7 Miles SW of Dublin, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/8F 11 h 30 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES14 Miles SW of Coleman, Texas, US
Sanriku6/10---MICROGRAVITY TEST--- No Data ---
Paardefontein6/1017 dMIR (Montgolfier Infra-Rouge)--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/12---MASS SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/1914 hOPTICAL OZONESONDE--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/24---SOLAR SPECTROGRAPH--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/257 h 30 mOPTICAL OZONESONDE--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/25---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Trapani6/2918 h 45 mCLYTONEE100 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)6/30F 12 h 30 mOBSERVATIONS OF ANISOTROPIES OF COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND40 Miles N of Pecos, Texas, US
Gimli (MB)7/??---SOLAR TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)7/2F 13 hOBSERVATIONS OF ANISOTROPIES OF COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND30 Miles SW of Pecos Texas, US
Trapani7/6---POLIFEMONear Sciacca, Sicily, Italy
Holloman AFB (NM)7/7---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)7/13---ASHCANBalloon failure during inflation
Trapani7/1416 h 30 mMINIZEBRA50 km N of Huelva, Spain
Holloman AFB (NM)7/14---ASHCANBalloon failure at launch
Holloman AFB (NM)7/14---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Trapani7/2116 hPOKER-HXR81MNear Llerena, 100 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)7/24---SOLAR CELL CALIBRATIONBalloon failure during inflation
Palestine (TX)7/25F 7 hSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION43 miles NW of Big Springs, Texas, US
Trapani8/3~ 15 hULYSEE60 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Trapani8/623 h 30 mTXC (Transient X-RAY Camera) - ENEA60 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)8/11F 6 h 20 mSTUB DUCT TEST FLIGHT8 miles NE of Colman, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)8/2213 h 30 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT13 miles S of Midland, Texas, US
Gimli (MB)8/27---CERENKOV-SCINTILLATION COUNTER TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Paardefontein9/??---TECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/2---SAKURA (Cryogenic Sampler)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/5---HIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION30 miles E of Waco, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/615 h 50 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT20 miles SE of Pecos, Texas, US
Greenville (SC)9/9F 45 hSKY ANCHOR XIII--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/10F 12 h 20 mU.V. EXPERIMENT51 miles S of San Angelo, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/12F 15 h 45 mGOLDENER DRACHE TELESKOP30 miles W of Ozona, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/1415 h 25 m60 CM INFRARED TELESCOPE12 miles W of Brownwood, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/14---MASS SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/18---SPECTROPHOTOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/19---ULTRAVIOLET EXPERIMENT5 miles W of Alto, Texas, US
Sanriku9/21---GLIDING PARACHUTE TEST--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/21F 22 h 30 mCRYOGENIC SAMPLER10 miles S of Vernon, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/21---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/23F 25 h 15 mULTRAVIOLET EXPERIMENT35 miles W of Pecos, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/2313 h 40 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT15 miles SW of Waco, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/24---SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/28F 26 hX-RAY TELESCOPE XG8120 miles SE of Portales, NeW Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)9/2822 hHEXE (High Energy X-Ray Experiment)32 miles SW of Dalhart, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/30---COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTBalloon failure at 53.000 ft. Landing 8 miles SW of Alto, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/7---SCRIBE (Stratospheric cryogenic interferometer balloon experiment)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)10/7---CHLORINE ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTSBalloon failure at launch
Aire Sur L'Adour10/8---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)10/8---CHLORINE ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/10---JACEE 3 (Japanese-American Collaborative Emulsion Experiment) - FailureAborted Flight
Aire Sur L'Adour10/17---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/19F 7 h 54 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES28 miles SW of Longview, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)10/1918 h 10 mCOSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION22 miles N of Greenwood, Mississippi, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/27---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/2---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/410 h 20 mDUAL-BEAM UV-ABSORPTION OZONE PHOTOMETER25 miles S of Monroe, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)11/4~ 12.00 hRADIOMETER 90 GHZ6 miles SE of Leaksville, Mississippi, US
Alice Springs11/1024 h 30 mUCR GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/20F 8 h 30 mENGINEERING TEST FLIGHT3 miles S of Clinton, Louisiana, US
Alice Springs11/2019 hLEGS (Low Energy Gamma-ray Spectrometer)300 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs11/2130 h 5 mGERMANIUM GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE311 miles WNW of Alice Springs, Australia
S.J.dos Campos (SP)11/287 hMASER 24,5 ghzIn Manuel - Sao Paulo
Alice Springs12/1-COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTBalloon failure
Alice Springs12/1F 10 h 10 mX-RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Alice Springs12/1F 12 hCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)12/9F 4 h 40 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES21 miles of Natchez, Mississippi, US
S.J.dos Campos (SP)12/185 h 43 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---