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 balloon launches in the database: 12582

1947

12

1948

22

1949

44

1950

13

1951

64

1952

140

1953

531

1954

310

1955

326

1956

806

1957

434

1958

797

1959

477

1960

382

1961

366

1962

351

1963

287

1964

430

1965

431

1966

429

1967

345

1968

281

1969

303

1970

312

1971

214

1972

237

1973

226

1974

144

1975

254

1976

185

1977

191

1978

163

1979

195

1980

148

1981

104

1982

101

1983

86

1984

56

1985

65

1986

45

1987

59

1988

83

1989

66

1990

82

1991

63

1992

83

1993

48

1994

65

1995

85

1996

54

1997

82

1998

88

1999

101

2000

113

2001

87

2002

79

2003

75

2004

79

2005

121

2006

100

2007

69

2008

58

2009

47

2010

55

2011

51

2012

89

2013

124

2014

58

2015

44

2016

39

2017

27

2018

1

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 21-Feb-2018 - 09:36:54pm)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Camp Ripley (MN)3/4/1948---PAYLOAD UNKNOWNIn a farm near Sandusky, Michigan, US
Camp Ripley (MN)2/21/1948---CLOUD CHAMBERLast seen near Ironwood, Michigan, US. Never recovered
Camp Ripley (MN)10/21/1947---PAYLOAD UNKNOWNNear Duluth, Minnesota, US
St.Cloud (MN)10/20/1947~ 5 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Akron (OH)12/9/1959---RADAR GONDOLAIn New Canaan, Conneticut, US
Moberly (MO)8/1/1958---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Iowa City (IA)3/29/1958---X-RAY DETECTORS--- No Data ---
Mildura2/21/1970---ASHCAN + RADIOMETERS--- No Data ---
Longreach4/25/1970---ASHCAN + RADIOMETERS--- No Data ---
Liberal (KS)6/21/1961---PAYLOAD UNKNOWNAborted Flight
NAAS Vernalis (CA)10/21/1957---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
McMurdo1/21/1989---PATHFINDER--- No Data ---
McMurdo1/19/1989---PATHFINDER--- No Data ---
McMurdo1/12/1989---PATHFINDER--- No Data ---
Hyderabad2/2/2018---PROJECT APEIRO--- No Data ---
Alice Springs11/11/197523 h 46 mGAMMA RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Bend (OR)3/15/2016---BALLOON STEERING TEST FLIGHTN of Deming, New Mexico, US
Bend (OR)3/15/2016---BALLOON STEERING TEST FLIGHTN of Deming, New Mexico, US
Bend (OR)3/14/2016---BALLOON STEERING TEST FLIGHTN of Deming, New Mexico, US
Capodichino5/26/1952~ 3 hTEST FLIGHTImpact site located at sea. Not recovered
Bristol5/24/1951---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/24/1983---BBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)5/16/1983---BBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)10/4/1982---BBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)5/21/1982---BBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour11/14/1964---GAMMA RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour11/13/1964---GAMMA RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour11/7/1964---GAMMA RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Skogar8/10/1965---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
CFB Goose Bay (NL)8/16/1962---ANIMAL CAPSULE--- No Data ---