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 65% 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: 15102

1947

16

1948

22

1949

46

1950

14

1951

64

1952

140

1953

532

1954

312

1955

333

1956

819

1957

482

1958

879

1959

494

1960

408

1961

405

1962

375

1963

308

1964

459

1965

459

1966

436

1967

365

1968

295

1969

325

1970

357

1971

238

1972

253

1973

236

1974

164

1975

266

1976

208

1977

205

1978

184

1979

225

1980

165

1981

135

1982

145

1983

143

1984

101

1985

108

1986

99

1987

103

1988

113

1989

101

1990

127

1991

110

1992

134

1993

84

1994

110

1995

113

1996

74

1997

109

1998

106

1999

125

2000

123

2001

96

2002

81

2003

82

2004

79

2005

128

2006

107

2007

73

2008

61

2009

50

2010

60

2011

55

2012

96

2013

196

2014

62

2015

49

2016

45

2017

122

2018

187

2019

269

2020

267

2021

150

2022

35

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 14-Aug-2022 - 08:12:32pm)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Fort Churchill (MB)7/8/1972---COSMIC RAY TELESCOPEE of Ft. Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)8/4/20228 hRAVEN AEROSTAR FLIGHT 60234 km ENE of White River, South Dakota, US
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)7/28/20228 h 55 mRAVEN AEROSTAR FLIGHT 60120 km NW of Winner, South Dakota, US
ESRANGE7/24/20222 h 15 mHEMERA LSB-2 / HERMES65 km E of launch point
Paardefontein4/??/1978---MIR (Montgolfier Infra-Rouge)--- No Data ---
Paardefontein4/??/1978---MIR (Montgolfier Infra-Rouge)--- No Data ---
ESRANGE7/21/20224 h 45 mHEMERA LSB-1In ESRANGE's zone "B" 53 km NE of launch point.
Paardefontein9/9/197828 dSUPERPRESSURE BALLOON - POTIRONLast heard from listening station near Pretoria, Southafrica
Paardefontein9/6/197862 dSUPERPRESSURE BALLOON - POTIRONLast heard from listening station near Lima, Peru
Page (AZ)7/12/202224 d 1 h 30 mSTRATOLLITE - GRYPHON XXVIn a remote area in Malheur County, Oregon, US
ESRANGE7/11/20226 d 7 h 45 mXL-CALIBUR500 km NW of Yellowknife, Northwestern Territories, Canada
Paardefontein11/19/198828 dMAGNETIC SENSORLast known position above Australia
ESRANGE7/10/20226 hSUNRISE III100 km W of Kiruna, Sweden
Gap-Tallard6/??/1980---SCAP 2000--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/5/1970---SPECTROGRAPH--- No Data ---
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)7/8/20223 h 50 mBRONCO EMBERNE of Mitchel, South Dakota, US
Aire Sur L'Adour10/8/1970---EBERT-FASTIE SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/22/1971---EBERT-FASTIE SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/14/19771 hMIR (Montgolfier Infra-Rouge)Balloon failure
Taiki7/1/2022~ 2 hRERA (Rubber balloon Experiment for Reentry capsule with thin-type Aeroshell)In the Pacific Ocean, 100 km ESE of Taiki, Japan
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)6/15/202228 d 10 hTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 598NE of Tekamah, Nebraska, US
Timmins (ON)9/2/201915 h 30 mLIFE (Limb Imaging Fourier transform spectrometer Experiment)--- No Data ---
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)6/9/202211 h 45 mRAVEN AEROSTAR FLIGHT 597E of Anoka, Nebraska, US
Taiki6/6/20223 h 10 mTEST OF NEW BALLAST MOUNTING SYSTEMIn the Pacific Ocean
Sanriku9/13/19972 h 45 mFLIGHT PERFORMANCE TEST OF BALLOON--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/9/19973 h 6 mOBSERVATION OF STRATOSPHERIC NO2--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/5/19973 h 4 mATMOSPHERIC OZONE OBSERVATON--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/8/19971 h 33 mEVAL BALLOON TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/7/19973 hFLIGHT PERFORMANCE TEST OF BALLOON--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/29/19971 h 58 mFLIGHT PERFORMANCE TEST OF BALLOON--- No Data ---