In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1983, 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 click the experiment name 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 there are links to external references. In some 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
Alice Springs1/1922 dEOSCOR III (Extended Observation of Solar COsmic Radiation)Lost over the Indian Ocean
Palestine (TX)1/239 h 55 mFIRS (Far InfraRed Spectrometer)8 miles W of Jena, Louisiana, US
Holloman AFB (NM)1/2313 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)1/23---CASSETTE SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)1/28---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)2/12---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)2/185 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Christchurch3/7---EMA I (Electrodynamics of the Middle Atmosphere)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)3/10---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Christchurch3/13---EMA II (Electrodynamics of the Middle Atmosphere)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour3/19---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)3/21---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Cachoeira Paulista (SP)3/2510 hX-RAY EXPERIMENTIn Fazenda Sao Jose, Itaí (SP), Brazil
Hyderabad4/44 h 15 mX-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)4/8---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/16---INFRARED GRATING SPECTROMETER20 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi, US
Palestine (TX)4/16---VALIDATION OF SME (Solar Mesosphere Explorer) SATELLITE DATA35 miles SE of Vicksburg, Mississippi, US
Holloman AFB (NM)4/204 hUV SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour4/306 hFAR INFRARED TELESCOPENear Tauves, Auvernia region, France
Hyderabad5/23 h 30 mIonization measurement and IMAP (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
Alice Springs5/434 hCOSMIC RAY HEAVIES--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/57 h 40 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT8 miles W of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US
Alice Springs5/811 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
Alice Springs5/1029 hCOSMIC RAY HEAVIES--- No Data ---
Alice Springs5/1325 hATMOSPHERIC ELECTRICITY--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour5/13---SPECTROPHOTOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/16---ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES15 miles SE of Center, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/16---BIC - NPL GONDOLAGround abort launch. Payload come to rest in NSBF Launch Pad, Palestine, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/162 hFIRS (Far InfraRed Spectrometer)Balloon burst during ascent. Payload recovered 20 miles N of Nacogdoches, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)5/16---BBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour5/17---ULTRAVIOLET SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Alice Springs5/1813 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/21---COLLAR RESTRAINT TESTNSBF Launch Pad, Palestine, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/22---COLLAR RESTRAINT TESTNSBF Launch Pad, Palestine, Texas, US
Mendoza5/24---ALIR II--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)5/25---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/2514 hFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT10 miles N of Conroe, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/26---ENGINEERING TEST FLIGHTBalloon failed. Payload landed 12 miles SW of Nacogdoches, Texas, US
Greenville (SC)5/28---X-RAY EXPERIMENT15 miles NE of Florence, Alabama, US
Holloman AFB (NM)5/287 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/30---CRYOGEN GAS REPLENISHMENTNSBF Launch Pad, Palestine, Texas, US
Watukosek6/53 hTEST FLIGHT100 km W of Watukosek, Indonesia
Watukosek6/11---SOLAR ECLIPSE OBSERVATION--- No Data ---
Greenville (SC)6/11---X-RAY EXPERIMENT13 miles N of Ada, Oklahoma, US
Palestine (TX)6/1621 h 30 mBALLOON MATERIAL TEST3 miles S of Jacksonville, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/1715h 15 mBMLS (Balloon-borne Microwave Limb Sounder)30 miles SE of Salt Flat, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/17---HIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION23 miles E of Pecos, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/2015 hFIRS (Far InfraRed Spectrometer)25 miles SW of Pecos, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/20---BIC - NPL GONDOLA35 miles E of El Paso, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/24---BBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/28---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/2810 hSIMBA (Solar Irradiance Monitoring from Balloons)Payload landed in a long distance high voltage line 80 km NE of Aire sur L'Adour, Landes, France. Suffered no damage.
Trapani7/122 hALIOSNear Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)7/910 h 15 mCOSMIC BACKGROUND EXPERIMENT25 miles W of Fort Stockton, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)7/10---ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES20 miles of Lake Whitney, Texas, US
Trapani7/1122 hTELEMAQUENear Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)7/125 hSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION45 miles NE of Abilene, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)7/18---MSBS (Mass Spectrometer-Beam System)15 miles NW of Carlsbad, New Mexico, US
Mendoza7/19---GENESIS II--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)7/22---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Gimli (MB)7/248 hTDLAS (Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Roswell (NM)7/25---GALILEO PROBE PARACHUTE TESTOver White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, US, USA
Trapani7/26~ 20 hELENANear Sevilla, Spain
Gimli (MB)8/18~ 10 hLIMB-SCANNING RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)8/24---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)8/25---ISUS (Imaging Stratospheric Ultraviolet Spectrometer)5 miles NE of Lowake, Texas, US
Sanriku8/28~ 6 hSAKURA (Cryogenic Sampler)--- No Data ---
Sanriku8/30---AEROSOL SAMPLING--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/2---FAR INFRARED OBSERVATIONS--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/4---SOLAR TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/6---MICROGRAVITY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/9---MATRIX ISOLATION + MICROWAVE RADIOMETER + MAST-BREWER SONDE--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/105 h 38 mCRYOGENIC SAMPLERNear Aurillac, Auvergne region, France
Aire Sur L'Adour9/105 h 55 mCRYOGENIC SAMPLERSW of Aurillac, Auvergne region, France
Aire Sur L'Adour9/13---UV SPECTROMETER + MAST-BREWER SONDE--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/14---MULTI INSTRUMENTAL GONDOLA--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/1713 h 45 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/17---DUCKY IBalloon failure. Aborted flight
Aire Sur L'Adour9/18---ION SPECTROMETER + AEROSOL PHOTOGRAPHY--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/19---PAYLOAD UNKNOWNGround abort. No flight
Aire Sur L'Adour9/20---MATRIX ISOLATION + MICROWAVE RADIOMETER + MAST-BREWER SONDE--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/20---CHEMILUMINESCENT SONDE--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)9/21---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/225 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES7 miles S of Jacksonville, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/23~3 hDGT (Directional Gamma-Ray Telescope)4 miles NE of Crocket, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/2359 hJACEE 4 (Japanese-American Collaborative Emulsion Experiment)13 miles W of Carlsbad, New Mexico, US
Sanriku9/23---GEOMAGNETIC FIELD MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/23---INFRARED SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/24---MULTI INSTRUMENTAL GONDOLA--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/26---CRYOGEN GAS REPLENISHMENT5 miles N of Tomball, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/26---FAR INFRARED MEASUREMENTSBalloon failure. Payload landed 1 mile S of Palestine, Texas, US
Sanriku9/26---STRATOSPHERIC TURBULENCE STUDIES--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/28---ARGOS SATELLITE LINK TEST--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/289 hMICROWAVE RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/28---SPECTROMETER UV & VISUAL + SPECTROMETER UV + MAST-BREWER SONDE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/29---GERMANIUM GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE4 miles S of York, Alabama, US
Palestine (TX)9/3012 hHEGCS (High Energy Gas Cerenkov Spectrometer)24 miles N of Shreveport, Louisiana, US
Mendoza10/59 HPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/5---X-RAY ASTRONOMYBaloon burst at 53.000 ft. Payload recovered 10 miles W of Lufkin, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour10/5---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/108 h 20 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES35 miles S of Monroe, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)10/107 h 48 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES1 mile N of Yazoo City, Mississippi, US
Palestine (TX)10/11---ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES19 miles NW of Lufkin, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/117 h 20 mDUCKY IaLovington, New Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)10/1310 h 10 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES5 miles W of Natchitoches, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)10/16---BLISS (Balloon-borne Laser In-Situ Sensor)28 miles NE of Monroe, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)10/18---TEST BALLOON MATERIAL8 miles NE of Bastrop, Louisiana, US
Hyderabad10/20---Radiation measurements, electro-dynamics experience and IMAP (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)10/21---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Paardefontein10/21---TECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHT - MECHANICAL MEASUREMENTSNear Brazilian coast
Holloman AFB (NM)10/23F 30 mSCRIBE (Stratospheric CRyogenic Interferometer Balloon Experiment)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/24---ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCESBalloon failure. Payload landed 3 miles NE of Alto, Texas, Us
Paardefontein10/26---MEASUREMENTS OF ATMOSPHERIC GRAVITY WAVES--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/27---ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES1 mile S of New Lexington, Alabama, US
Palestine (TX)10/278 hBALLOON-BORNE LIDAR33 miles SW of Jackson, Mississippi, US
Palestine (TX)10/2813 h 50 mSIRIS (Stratospheric InfraRed Interferometer Spectrometer)25 miles ENE of Bugalusa, Louisiana, US
São Manuel (SP)10/30---FIGARO (French Italian Gamma Ray Observatory)--- No Data ---
Paardefontein10/307 dTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHT - GREAT VOLUME MIR--- No Data ---
São Manuel (SP)11/??---FIGARO (French Italian Gamma Ray Observatory)Payload destroyed
São Manuel (SP)11/114 hAGLAE 83--- No Data ---
Alice Springs11/734 hCOSMIC RAY IRON NUCLEI--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/78 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/1110 h 45 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES34 miles SE of Jackson, Mississippi, US
Palestine (TX)11/16---TEST MATERIAL35 miles S of McComb, Kansas, US
Palestine (TX)11/16---COSMIC BACKGROUD20 miles E of Dothan, Alabama, US
Paardefontein11/217 dWATER VAPOUR + RADIOMETER + ATMOSPHERIC GRAVITY WAVESIn the Atlantic Ocean
Hyderabad11/214 h 40 mINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)11/22---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Paardefontein12/319 dWATER VAPOUR + RADIOMETER + ATMOSPHERIC GRAVITY WAVESIn the Pacific Ocean at 170º Long. East
Hyderabad12/12---TICAL - X-RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour12/153 hRADIBAL (RADIomètre BALlon)150 km NE from Aire Sur L'Adour, France
Cachoeira Paulista (SP)12/2011 hGAMMA RAY SPECTROMETERIn Santa Fe do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hyderabad12/21---X-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)12/29---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---