In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1996, 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
McMurdo1/719 dFGE (Flare Genesis Experiment)138 miles from Dumont d'Urville, Antarctica
Syowa1/22---GRAB SAMPLING SYSTEM--- No Data ---
Andoya1/23---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + LABS (Laser Backscatter Sonde) + OPC (Optical Particle Counter)--- No Data ---
Syowa1/25---GRAB SAMPLING SYSTEM--- No Data ---
Andoya1/31---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)2/2---HACME (HEMT Advanced Cosmic Microwave Explorer)Aborted flight
Andoya2/6---LABS (Laser Backscatter Sonde) + OPC (Optical Particle Counter)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)2/1121 hHACME (HEMT Advanced Cosmic Microwave Explorer)20 miles NE of Prescott, Arizona, US
Latacunga3/2814 dSAMBA--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour4/137 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
Latacunga4/524 dSAMBA--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour4/18---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour4/191 h 46 mOPENING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour4/242 h 12 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)5/212 hSP5 (Super Pressure 5)Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)6/25 h 10 mHACME (HEMT Advanced Cosmic Microwave Explorer)Balloon failure at 80.000 ft. Landing 3 miles NE of Taiban, Nuevo Mexico, US
Sanriku6/6---SAKURA (Cryogenic sampler)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)6/105 hDUAL-BEAM UV-ABSORPTION OZONE PHOTOMETER + ALIAS II + LACE (Lightweight Airborne Chromatograph Experiment)13 miles E of Corona, Nuevo Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)6/17F 8 h 20 mQMAP15 miles N of Midland, Texas, US
Gap-Tallard6/175 h 10 mOPENING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/189 h 25 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/263 h 40 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)6/30F 4 hSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION12 miles SE of Big Srings, Texas, US
Gap-Tallard7/38 h 20 mCASOLBA (CAlibration de cellules SOLaires sur vol BAllon)--- No Data ---
Trapani7/14---ARD (Atmospheric Reentry Demonstrator)On the sea near Marettimo island 80 km from Sicily's coast, Italy
Kamchatka7/14---THREE PROTON MAGNETOMETERSIn Saratov region, Russia
Kamchatka7/17---RUNJOB III (RUssia-Nippon JOint Balloon program)--- No Data ---
Kamchatka7/18---RUNJOB IV (RUssia-Nippon JOint Balloon program)--- No Data ---
Kamchatka7/20---THREE PROTON MAGNETOMETERSIn Saratov region, Russia
Lynn Lake (MB)7/242 h 10 mMKIV INTERFEROMETERBalloon burst 15 miles SE of Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Palestine (TX)8/8F 3 h 48 mSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION20 miles SE of Midland, Texas, US
ESRANGE8/1940 h 20 mINTERBOA--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/2442 h 18 mINTERBOA--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/2725 h 5 mINTERBOA--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/4---MUSES-C PROBE PARACHUTE TEST--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)9/5---CCN Counter--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/6---SAKURA (Cryogenic sampler)--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/1335 hEMULSION CHAMBER--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)9/215 hrDUAL-BEAM UV-ABSORPTION OZONE PHOTOMETER + ALIAS II5 miles N of Dora, Nuevo Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)9/2233 hPRONAOS (Projet National d'Astronomie Submillimetrique)5 miles E of Pastura, New Mexico, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/264 h 27 mOPENING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)9/2815 hMKIV INTERFEROMETER15 miles N of Lordsburg, New Mexico, US
Aire Sur L'Adour10/42 h 41 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + SAOZ-BrO--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/42 h 50 mBULLE D'ORAGE SOLAR BALLOON--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)10/1010 h 50 mSDS (Solar Disk Sextant)6 miles of Afton, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour10/102 h 28 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)10/23---SOLAR CELL CALIBRATIONFlight aborted
León11/12 h 21 mOPENING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Lauder11/4---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)11/814 h 30 mQMAP10 miles of Shamrock, Texas, US
Laramie (WY)11/11---LABS (Laser Backscatter Sonde) + OPC (Optical Particle Counter)--- No Data ---
León11/232 h 8 mLPMA (Limb Profile Monitor of the Atmosphere) + DOAS--- No Data ---