In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 2004, 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
Syowa1/4~ 13 dBETS (Balloon borne Electron Telescope with Scintillating fibers)Payload lost over Antartic Ocean.
Syowa1/52 hCRYOGENIC SAMPLERNW of Syowa station, Antarctica
ESRANGE1/10---OPC (Optical Particle Counters)In the northern part of Sweden near the village of Murjek.
Baurú GLB (SP)1/312 h 10 mSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + SAOZ-BrO + CNR-ISACIn a sugar cane field in Paraguaçu Paulista located 100 km from launch site.
Baurú GLB (SP)2/4---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + IR RADIOMETERSomewhere near the NW Australian coast.
Baurú GLB (SP)2/5---SAOZ + SAOZ-BrO + DIRAC80 km W from launch site.
Baurú GLB (SP)2/6~ 13 dRUMBA + TURBULENCEOn the Pacific Ocean (22.34º S - 149.65º W)
Baurú GLB (SP)2/10---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/1253 dRUMBA + TURBULENCE60 kms W of the town of Franklin, Queensland, Australia
Baurú GLB (SP)2/121 dRUMBA + O3/H2OOn Brazil territory (21.09º S - 50.97º W)
Baurú GLB (SP)2/12---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/13---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/13---NILU CUBE80 km N of Bauru, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Baurú GLB (SP)2/134 h 25 mDESCARTES + µLIDAR + µDIRAC + O3 SSS + H2O SAW + µSDLA90 km N of Bauru, Brazil
Baurú GLB (SP)2/16---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/16~ 8 hDESCARTES + LABS + AIRS + µDIRAC + O3 SSS + H2O SAW + TDLASNear the Parana state border, Brazil
Baurú GLB (SP)2/17---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/19---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/21---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/21---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/23---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/24---BACKSCATTER SONDE--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)2/24~ 4 hµDIRAC + µLIDAR + µSDLA + O3 SSS + H2O SAW + AIRS150 kms. SE of Bauru, Brazil
Baurú GLB (SP)2/25---NILU CUBE40 kms. S of Baurú.
Baurú GLB (SP)2/2639 dSAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale) + IR RADIOMETER + LIGHTING/BLUE JET SENSOROn the Pacific Ocean (9.16º S - 210º W)
Baurú GLB (SP)2/26---DESCARTES + µDIRAC + LABS + O3 SSS + H2O SAW + TDLAS--- No Data ---
ESRANGE2/265 h 6 mBEXUS II (Balloon Experiment for University Students)In the northeast part of Finland, near the Russian border
Baurú GLB (SP)2/2980 dTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTIn Madagascar Island
Baurú GLB (SP)3/330 mµLIDARA few kilometers NE of Baurú
ESRANGE3/33 hOPENING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
ESRANGE3/42 h 33 mSALOMON (Spectroscopie d'Absorption Lunaire pour l'Observation des Minoritaires Ozone et Nox)In Finland
Baurú GLB (SP)3/639 dOZONE AND WATER VAPOUR SENSORSIn Antarctica (74º S - 88º E)
Baurú GLB (SP)3/756 dTURBULENCE SENSOROn the Indian Ocean south (56.4º S - 56.2º E)
ESRANGE3/8---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Baurú GLB (SP)3/927 dOZONE AND WATER VAPOUR SENSORSIn Antarctica (77º S - 127º W)
Baurú GLB (SP)3/109 dµLIDARIn the Western Pacific half way between New-Caledonia and Fiji
Baurú GLB (SP)3/1137 dTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTIn the Antarctic Sea (58º S - 151º W)
ESRANGE3/11~ 3 hELHYSA (Etude de L'Hygromérie Stratosphérique)106 km from launch site
ESRANGE3/1312 hELITE--- No Data ---
ESRANGE3/24~ 6 hLPMA (Limb Profile Monitor of the Atmosphere) + DOAS + ASC--- No Data ---
ESRANGE3/25---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Nova Ponte (MG)4/1~ 12 hMASCO (Telescopio de Mascara Codificada)In a farm in Capinópolis (Minas Gerais state near the border of the Goias and Mato Grosso do Sul states).
Laramie (WY)4/13---BESOS (Balloon Experiment on Standards for Ozone Sondes)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)5/35 h 22 mTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHT - 37H BALLOON78 miles W of Roswell, New Mexico, US
Sanriku5/223 h 17 mEngineering flight of ultra-thin high-altitude balloon--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/283 h 35 mEngineering flight of ultra-thin high-altitude balloon--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/30---MSC (Micro Segment Chamber)--- No Data ---
Fort Sumner (NM)5/31~ 9 hINFOCµS (International Focusing Optics Collaboration for µCrab Sensitivity)35 miles W of Albuqureque, New Mexico, US
Sanriku6/36 h 40 mX-RAY observation--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/52 h 30 mEngineering flight of super-pressure balloon--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour6/9---SALOMON (Spectroscopie d'Absorption Lunaire pour l'Observation des Minoritaires Ozone et Nox)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour6/9---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)--- No Data ---
Longyearbyen7/2438 dTrailblazer + PEGASO (Polar Explorer for Geomagnetics And other Scientific Observations)North of russian federation at coordinates 68º 34' N 164º 19' West
Palestine (TX)8/97 h 45 mSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION6 miles WSW of Water Valley, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)8/119 h 52 mLDB SUBSYSTEMS TEST5 miles SE of Gail, Texas, US
Fort Sumner (NM)8/15---MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY - Subsonic Parachute Test36 milesW of Ft.Sumner, New Mexico, US
Vanscoy (SK)8/24---SAOZ (Systeme d'Analyse par Observation Zenithale)Near Vonda, Saskatchewan
Sanriku8/25---Search for UV-tolerant microbe and observation of neutron flux--- No Data ---
Sanriku8/28~ 4 hMACFT (Membrane Aeroshell Capsule Flight Test)On the Pacific Ocean, near japanese shore.
Vanscoy (SK)9/113 hMANTRA (Middle Atmosphere Nitrogen TRend Assesment)At 51°33.85'N, 108° 7.5'W
Sanriku9/4---ATMOSPHERIC GRAVITY WAVES + OZONE OBSERVATION--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/5---STRATOSPHERIC OZONE MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/6---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/7~ 6 hBSMILES (Balloon-borne Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder)In the sea at 142º14'E - 39º21'N
Fort Sumner (NM)9/112 h 17 minMARS SCIENCE LABORATORY - Subsonic Parachute Test15 miles S of Ft.Sumner, New Mexico, US
Vanscoy (SK)9/148 mMANTRA (Middle Atmosphere Nitrogen TRend Assesment)1 km from the launch site
Fort Sumner (NM)9/1627 h 47 mINFOCµS (International Focusing Optics Collaboration for µCrab Sensitivity)22 miles SW of Wickenburg, Arizona, US
Fort Sumner (NM)9/17~ 6 hOMS (Observations of the Middle Stratosphere) Dual-beam In-Situ UV-Absorption Ozone Photometer37 miles NNE of Ft.Sumner, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)9/23~ 27 hMKIV INTERFEROMETER + FIRS 2 (Far Infrared Spectrometer) + SLS 2 + BOH (Balloon OH terahertz hetrodyne spectrometer)17 miles W of Lovington, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)9/298 h 9 mCWAS (Cryogenic Whole Air Sampler)20 miles NNE of Clovis, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)10/21---MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY - Subsonic Parachute Test22 miles ENE of Tucumcari, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)10/25---MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY - Subsonic Parachute Test--- No Data ---
Hyderabad11/15~ 8 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY300 km W from Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad11/248 h 30 mDEVELOPMENTAL FLIGHT (D-11)--- No Data ---
Timón (MA)11/29---TWIN SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Timón (MA)12/2---PEASMA (Perturbations Electro-Aérodynamiques et Sonde MArtienne)400 km W of launch site
ESRANGE12/6---E-LINK (Esrange Airborne Data Link)--- No Data ---
McMurdo12/138 d 17 hPOLAR-BESS (Balloon-borne Experiment with a Superconducting Spectrometer - POLAR VERSION)103 miles SW of Siple Dome, Antarctica
McMurdo12/1641 d 22 hCREAM I (Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass)410 miles SSE of McMurdo Station, Antarctica