In the tables that we present here you will find the complete record of stratospheric balloon launches available in our database separated for years and ordered chronologically. Note that the data entered so far in our database are about 50% of all balloon launch activity worldwide from 1947 to date, so it should not be taken as suitable values for statistics of any kind. It is likely that the process of consolidating all the data available still will take several years to complete.


The little number in the blue badge indicates in each case, the number of records that Stratocat hold in the database for that particular year. Clicking on each year number, you can access tables containing as much as possible information on the missions performed that year: launch base, duration of the flight, purpose of the mission and landing place of the payload. In some cases, clicking in the experiment's name you will access a complete flight data sheet featuring a detailed account of the balloon operations as well the scientific experiments carried, their purpose, results, related links and when available images of different instances of the mission.


Finally in the table at the bottom of this page you will find a snapshot of the last thirty records incorporated to our database.


Total number of records in the launch database: 9161

1947

10

1948

14

1949

43

1950

12

1951

52

1952

139

1953

525

1954

273

1955

326

1956

305

1957

369

1958

742

1959

262

1960

138

1961

220

1962

323

1963

220

1964

253

1965

235

1966

281

1967

271

1968

149

1969

156

1970

257

1971

162

1972

101

1973

128

1974

91

1975

175

1976

94

1977

100

1978

92

1979

134

1980

82

1981

69

1982

66

1983

61

1984

45

1985

61

1986

38

1987

53

1988

79

1989

56

1990

59

1991

56

1992

72

1993

46

1994

64

1995

84

1996

52

1997

82

1998

86

1999

97

2000

112

2001

86

2002

75

2003

72

2004

75

2005

117

2006

96

2007

54

2008

58

2009

44

2010

26

2011

44

2012

89

2013

119

2014

58

2015

42

2016

34

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 10-Jan-2017 - 09:29:34pm)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Fort Yukon (AK)8/27/196721 h 45 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/26/196720 h 30 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/25/196717 h 15 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/19/196718 h 30 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/18/196720 hX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/14/196719 h 15 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/13/196716 h 15 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/11/19676 h 15 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Fort Yukon (AK)8/6/196714 h 30 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/13/1968---24-INCH TELESCOPE + SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Corpus Christi (TX)5/24/1984---BAMM II (Balloon Altitude Mosaic Measurements)Balloon rupture at launch. Aborted flight
Thompson (MB)8/31/197816 hX-RAY PINHOLE CAMERA--- No Data ---
Syowa12/18/19875 dPPB (Polar Patrol Balloon) - Test flight--- No Data ---
Syowa1/5/199028 dPPB (Polar Patrol Balloon) - Test flight--- No Data ---
Syowa1/5/1993---PPB (Polar Patrol Balloon)--- No Data ---
Syowa12/30/1992---PPB (Polar Patrol Balloon)--- No Data ---
Syowa12/26/1992---PPB (Polar Patrol Balloon)--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/13/1980---AUTOMATIC SYSTEM TO CONTROL BALLOON ALTITUDE--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/17/198410 hSTRATOSPHERIC TURBULENCE STUDIES--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/9/1968---X-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/2/1968---X-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Cumberland City (TN)8/25/19786 h 18 mATMOSAT AMERICA 9 (Neushal)--- No Data ---
Cumberland City (TN)8/20/19788 h 20 mATMOSAT AMERICA 8 (Heinsheimer)--- No Data ---
USCGC Point Judith10/10/197726 hATMOSAT AMERICA 7 (Heinsheimer - Neushal)Oxnard Beach, California, US
Long Beach (CA)9/8/19779 h 10 mATMOSAT AMERICA 6 (Heinsheimer - Neushal)San Bernardino National Forest, California, US
Gap-Tallard6/23/1987---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
McMurdo12/12/20165 d 23 h 1 mANITA Hi-Cal (Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna High Altitude Calibration)--- No Data ---
McMurdo12/11/201613 d 12 h 39 mANITA Hi-Cal (Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna High Altitude Calibration)--- No Data ---
McMurdo12/8/201621 d 23 h 9 mSTO-2 (Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory II)In the Ross ice Shelf, 340 nautical miles south of McMurdo
McMurdo1/6/2015---ANITA Hi-Cal (Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna High Altitude Calibration)--- No Data ---