In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1998, 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
Goa1/??---BLPB (Boundary Layer Pressurized Balloon)--- No Data ---
Syowa1/3---CRYOGENIC SAMPLERIn theLutzow-Holm bay, 42 kms from the launch site.
McMurdo1/7~ 4 dHIREGS IV (HIgh REsolution Gamma-ray and hard x-ray Spectrometer)180 miles from Vostok Station, Antarctica
Lauder1/22---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
ESRANGE1/24---MPI BACKSCATTER--- No Data ---
ESRANGE1/253 h 37 mAEROSOLS ANALYSIS AND POLAR STRATOSPHERIC CLOUDS--- No Data ---
Kagoshima1/25---OPTICAL OZONE SENSOR--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour1/282 h 3 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Andoya1/29---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Andoya1/31---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Lauder2/3---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Hyderabad2/20---X-RAY XENON--- No Data ---
Andoya3/2---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + SAOZ-BrO--- No Data ---
Hyderabad3/8---INFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
León3/101 h 58 mOPENING FLIGHT + GPS TEST--- No Data ---
León3/133 h 4 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
León3/193 h 15 mLPMA (Limb Profile Monitor of the Atmosphere) + DOAS--- No Data ---
Andoya3/20---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + SAOZ-BrO + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
León3/302 h 56 mASSOS (Atmospheric Species by Solar Occultation Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)4/9---TEST FLIGHT12 miles W of Electra, Texas, US
Hyderabad4/18---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)4/22---BACH (Balloon Air Cherenkov)15 miles SSE of Sweetwater, Texas, US
Laramie (WY)4/23---CCN Counter--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)5/??5 hBALLOON TEST FLIGHT30 miles N of Roswell
Aire Sur L'Adour5/62 h 11 mOPENING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour5/86 h 14 mMIPAS-B2 (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding - Balloonborne)--- No Data ---
ESRANGE5/10---CRYOGENIC AIR COLLECTOR--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour5/133 h 30 mHAGAR (High Altitude Gas Analizer)60 kms NW of the launch base.
Fort Sumner (NM)5/161 hCAPRICE (Cosmic AntiParticle Ring Imaging Cherenkov).Balloon failure. Payload landed 2.6 miles SE of Ragland, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)5/18---OMS Gondola - ALIAS II + Dual-beam In-Situ UV-Absorption Ozone Photometer6 miles NE of Glenrip, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)5/2122 hHEXIS (High Energy X-ray Imaging Spectrometer)15 miles SE of Claude, Texas, US
Sanriku5/24---BETS (Balloon borne Electron Telescope with Scintillating fibers)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)5/24---HETERODYNE RADIOMETER20 miles NE of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)5/2820 hCAPRICE (Cosmic AntiParticle Ring Imaging Cherenkov).15 miles N of Heber, Arizona, US
Zhengding6/2F ~ 20 mHAPI-4 (X-Ray telescope)Terminated early due to Telemetry failure
Gap-Tallard6/139 h 55 mOPENING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Fort Wainwright (AK)6/187 hCOSMIC RAYS STUDIESBalloon failure. Payload landed 3 miles E of Manley Hot Springs, Alaska, EEUU
Gap-Tallard6/202 h 45 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/234 h 21 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + H2O--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/259 h 4 mCASOLBA (CAlibration de cellules SOLaires sur vol BAllon)--- No Data ---
Fort Wainwright (AK)6/29~ 13 dCOSMIC RAYS STUDIES35 miles NE of Cambridge Bay, Canada
Palestine (TX)7/18F 3 h 23 mTOP HAT15 Miles W of Sterling, Texas, US
Trapani7/305 hBABY (BAckground BYpass)--- No Data ---
Lynn Lake (MB)7/3022 hBESS (Balloon-borne Experiment with a Superconducting Spectrometer)8 miles SE of Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Palestine (TX)8/1F 4 h 20 mMAXIMA (Millimeter anisotropy experiment imaging array)15 miles S of Odessa, Texas, US
ESRANGE8/3---BACKDOOR SYSTEM TEST--- No Data ---
Lynn Lake (MB)8/433 hISOMAX (Isotope Magnet Experiment).5 miles S of Deadewood, Alberta, Canada
ESRANGE8/72 hPARACHUTE TEST--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/104 h 43 mELHYSA (Etude de L'Hygromérie Stratosphérique)--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/118 h 25 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)8/15F 5 h 3 mSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION20 miles N of Abilene, Texas, US
ESRANGE8/151 h 52 mORION parachute system testNear launch site.
Palestine (TX)8/18F 6 h 23 mRADIATION TEST OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITSN of Rosco, Texas, US
ESRANGE8/1912 h 46 mLPMA (Limb Profile Monitor of the Atmosphere) + DOAS--- No Data ---
Wallops (VA)8/212h 18 mMAACS (Multi-Altitude Air Collection System)5 miles SE of Quimby, Virgina, US
Wallops (VA)8/222h 42 mATMOSPHERIC SAMPLINGHyghway 13, near Birdnest, Virginia, US
Vanscoy (SK)8/249 dMANTRA (Middle Atmosphere Nitrogen TRend Assesment)Near Mariehamn on the Aland Islands, located at Baltic Sea, Finland
Palestine (TX)8/25F 5 h 20 mBAM (Balloon-borne Anisotropy Measurement)--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/251 h 30 mSKERRIESnear the Tsåkso mountain in the N part of Sweden.
Latacunga8/2520.5 dSAMBA--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/2538 h 38 mINTERBOA--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/2810 h 32 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + SAOZ-BrO--- No Data ---
ESRANGE8/2945 hINTERBOA--- No Data ---
Lynn Lake (MB)8/30---AESOP (Anti-Electron Sub Orbital Payload) + LEE (Low Energy Electrons)4 miles N of Cross Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Latacunga9/147 dSAMBA--- No Data ---
Latacunga9/15 mSAMBA--- No Data ---
Zhengding9/2---MIKROBA 6 (MIKRO-g with Ballon drop capsule)--- No Data ---
Latacunga9/43 dLMD1--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/63 hFIRBE (Far InfraRed Balloon-borne Experiment)On the sea, near the launch site.
Latacunga9/724 dSAMBA--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/9---MUSES-C PROBE PARACHUTE TEST--- No Data ---
Latacunga9/115 mLMD2--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)9/28---TOP HAT5 miles SW of Channing, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour10/35 hCRYOGENIC AIR COLLECTOR (Opening Flight?)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)10/13---ULDB (Ultra Long Duration Balloon)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/14---µRADIBAL (RADIomètre BALlon)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/152 h 3 mµRADIBAL (RADIomètre BALlon)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)10/15---ULDB (Ultra Long Duration Balloon)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/16---MACSIMS (Measurement of Atmospheric Constituents by Selective Ion Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/223 h 17 mSIMBA (Solar Irradiance Monitoring from Balloons)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/233 h 32 mSDLA-LAMA (Spectromètre à Diode Laser Accordable - Laser pour l'Analyse du Méthane Atmosphérique)In a field near Lodève (Hérault).
Aire Sur L'Adour10/312 h 19 mSALOMON (Spectroscopie d'Absorption Lunaire pour l'Observation des Minoritaires Ozone et Nox)--- No Data ---
Andoya11/17~ 5 hSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
Hyderabad11/227 hLASE (Large Area Scintillation counter Experiment)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour12/23 h 6 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + SAOZ-BrO + DESCARTES--- No Data ---
ESRANGE12/8~ 2 hSKERRIESNear the villiage of Kompelusvaara in the northern part of Sweden
McMurdo12/2910.5 dBOOMERANG (Balloon Observations of Millimetric Extragalactic Radiation and Geophysics)50 km N of McMurdo Base, Antarctica