In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1988, 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
McMurdo1/83 dGRAD (Gamma Ray Advanced Detector)320 km east of Russian Vostok Station, Antarctica
Vanscoy (SK)1/15---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Vanscoy (SK)1/22---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
ESRANGE2/1---ACIMS (Active Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry) + CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Cachoeira Paulista (SP)2/36 hX-RAY AND GAMMA TELESCOPESPayload lost.
Alice Springs2/86 dJACEE 8 (Japanese-American Collaborative Emulsion Experiment)3 miles NW of Pratinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Vanscoy (SK)2/9---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
ESRANGE2/10---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Hyderabad3/7---INFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
Hyderabad3/142 h 20 mIonization measurements, electro-dynamics experience and IMAP (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
Alice Springs4/5---GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE100 miles SSW of Mongrel Downs, Northern Territory, Australia
Alice Springs4/8F 31 hHARD X-RAY TELESCOPE11 miles WNW of Murray Downs, Australia
Alice Springs4/11---GRIP (Gamma-Ray Imaging Payload)16 miles W of Ti Tree, Northern Territory, Australia
Hyderabad4/116 h 30 mIonization measurements, electro-dynamics experience and IMAP (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
ESRANGE4/12---MIKROBA (MIKRO-g with Ballon drop capsule)--- No Data ---
Alice Springs4/1510 hCOMPTON GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE30 miles N of Erldunda, Northern Territory, Australia
Palestine (TX)4/19---SDS (Solar Disk Sextant)10 miles SE of Vicksburg, Mississippi, US
Alice Springs4/3024 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)174 miles NW of Longbeach, New South Wales, Australia
Palestine (TX)5/5---HIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION8 miles N of DeQuincy, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)5/5---BLISS (Balloon-borne Laser In-Situ Sensor)10 miles SW of Yazoo City, Mississippi, US
Palestine (TX)5/11---DGT (Directional Gamma-Ray Telescope)2 miles N of Burton, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/1216.6 hFIRS-2 (Far infrared Fourier transform spectrometer)8 miles W of San Augustine, Texas, US
Alice Springs5/17---EXITE (Energetic X-ray Imaging Telescope Experiment)121 miles WNW of Longbeach, New South Wales, Australia
Campinas (SP)5/20---COSMIC RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/257 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)18 miles W of Huntsville Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/49 hBIRT (Balloon-borne InfraRed Telescope)17 miles NW of Lampasas, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/6---BALLOON-BORNE LIDAR18 miles ESE of Midland, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/6---HIGH RESOLUTION INTERFEROMETER4 miles NE of Cranfills Gap, Texas, US
Gap-Tallard6/169 hCASOLBA (CAlibration de cellules SOLaires sur vol BAllon)--- No Data ---
Birigui (SP)6/188 hSUPERNOVA 1987 A OBSERVATION - IIn Sao Domingos da Prata - Minas Gerais
Palestine (TX)7/6---MULTI-INSTRUMENTED GONDOLA6 miles e of San Saba, Texas, US
Wallops (VA)7/9---ELECTRODYNAMICS--- No Data ---
Wallops (VA)7/12---ELECTRODYNAMICS21 miles SSW of Charlottesville, Virginia, US
Wallops (VA)7/27---ELECTRODYNAMICSBalloon burst at 15.000 ft. Payload landed 21 miles NE of Wallops, Virginia, US
Trapani8/1~ 2 hTIMR (Thermal Infrared Multichannel Radiometer)In the sea, near Sicily, Italy
Palestine (TX)8/4---SOLAR CELL CALIBRATIONBalloon failure at 41.000 ft. Payload recovered 2 miles NW of palestine, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)8/7---SOLAR CELL CALIBRATION8 miles S of Roscoe, Texas, US
Kagoshima8/1615 h 20 mX-RAY ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONSIn Jangsu, China
Kagoshima8/2013 h 18 mGALACTIC IR OBSERVATIONSIn China
Kagoshima8/2316 h 7 mGALACTIC ELECTRON OBSERVATIONIn China
Palestine (TX)8/25---CRYOGENIC AIR COLLECTOR16 miles SW of San Angelo, Texas, US
Kagoshima8/25---STELLAR IR OBSERVATIONSCommand Fail
Prince Albert (SK)8/26---HEIST (High Energy Isotope Spectrometer Telescope)25 miles E of Trochu, Alberta, Canada
Prince Albert (SK)8/28---SOFIE (Scintillating Optical Fiber Isotope Experiment)3 miles ESE of Malta, Montana, US
Birigui (SP)9/??---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/1---ACME (Advanced Cosmic Microwave Explorer)26 miles SSE of Midland, Texas, US
ESRANGE9/1---PIROG 3 (Pointing InfraRed Observing Gondola)--- No Data ---
Prince Albert (SK)9/48 hEXAM (EXtragalactic AntiMatter)8 miles NW of Mistatim, Saskatchewan, Canada
Palestine (TX)9/7F 10 h 8 mBALLOON-BORNE LIDAR12 miles NE of Ft.Stockton, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/13F 23 h 20 mBLISS (Balloon-Borne Laser In Situ Sensor) + OZONE UV PHOTOMETER + RADIOMETERS6 miles ENE of Maryneal, Texas, US
White Sands (NM)9/15---ABLE III (Atmospheric Balloon Lidar Experiment)Over White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, US, USA
Aire Sur L'Adour9/205 hARGO IR TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/27---S38--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)10/8---EXITE (Energetic X-ray Imaging Telescope Experiment)24 miles SSW of Wichita Falls, Texas, US
Vanscoy (SK)10/14---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/145 hSIMBA (Solar Irradiance Monitoring from Balloons)In Orange, Vaucluse, France
Fort Sumner (NM)10/17---MIT RADIOMETER27 miles S of Amarillo, Texas, US
Fort Sumner (NM)10/26---SDS (Solar Disk Sextant)19 miles NW of McAllister, US
Alice Springs10/2844 hGRIS (Gamma-Ray Imaging Spectrometer)61 miles NW of Warrabri, Northern Territory, Australia
Vanscoy (SK)10/29---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Charleville10/2919 h 31 mAROME--- No Data ---
Alice Springs11/2---GAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT34 miles WNW of Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Holloman AFB (NM)11/2---PATHFINDER PROGRAM--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/3---PATHFINDER PROGRAM--- No Data ---
Hyderabad11/5---Ionization measurements, electro-dynamics experience and IMAP (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
Paardefontein11/1344 dELHYSA (Etude de L'Hygromérie Stratosphérique)Lost contact over Pacific Ocean
Hyderabad11/177 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
Paardefontein11/1928 dNo data about the main experience. A secondary one consisted in a magnetic sensor (scalar) located 6 mts. below the gondola within a thermal insulator.--- No Data ---
Paardefontein11/2019 dELHYSA (Etude de L'Hygromérie Stratosphérique)In Paraguay
Poços de Caldas (MG)11/2412 hSUPERNOVA 1987 A OBSERVATIONIn Araraquara - Sao Paulo.
Charleville11/2523 h 45 mFIGARO II (French Italian Gamma Ray Observatory)--- No Data ---
Poços de Caldas (MG)11/2813 hSUPERNOVA 1987 A OBSERVATIONIn Japiraí - Sao Paulo.
Holloman AFB (NM)11/29---PATHFINDER PROGRAM--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/30---PATHFINDER PROGRAM--- No Data ---
Paardefontein12/225 dSAMBA--- No Data ---
Paardefontein12/324 dPAYLOAD UNKNOWNOver Ocean N of Australia
Poços de Caldas (MG)12/3---SUPERNOVA 1987 A OBSERVATION - II / COSMIC RAYSPayload lost.
Paardefontein12/850 dPAYLOAD UNKNOWNLost contact over the Atlantic Ocean.
Hyderabad12/189 hX-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---