In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1981, 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 click the experiment name 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 there are links to external references. In some 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
Siple Dome1/7---X-RAY & ELECTRIC FIELD DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)1/15---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)1/29---SKY ANCHOR XII--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)2/24.51 mbRACCOON (Radiation Controlled Balloon)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)2/12---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)2/1911 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES / ENGINEERING TEST10 Miles SE of Manny, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)2/20F 11 hBMLS (Balloon-borne Microwave Limb Sounder)5 Miles W Of Newton , Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)3/98 h 55 mPOSITIVE ION MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)3/194 h 10 mSOLAR IR MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/20F 6 h 15 mENGINEERING TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)3/235 hFOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/24---STATIC LAUNCH TESTNsbf Launch Pad
Holloman AFB (NM)4/1---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/55 h 40 mASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/6F 12 hCOMMUNICATION TEST20 Miles SW of Montgomery, Alabama, US
Palestine (TX)4/6F 9 h 20 mCOMMUNICATION TEST10 Miles S of Laurel, Mississippi, US
Barking Sands (HI)4/619 h 30 mCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Hyderabad4/6---X-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)4/9---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/95 h 50 mSOLAR IRRADIANCE MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
S.J.dos Campos (SP)4/145 hELECTRIC FIELDIn Caraguatatuba - Sao Paulo
Hyderabad4/204 h 30 mX-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/22---UV SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/24---TEST FLIGHT OF BALLOON MADE OF NEW MATERIALBalloon failure at launch
Palestine (TX)4/25F 12 hHIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION11 Miles E of El Dorado, Arkansas, US
Barking Sands (HI)4/271 h 30 mCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTNear the launch site
Laramie (WY)5/5---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/7F 22 hMSBS (Mass Spectrometer-Beam System)3 Miles NW of Mineola, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/7F 21 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES15 Miles NE of Gainesville, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/7F 5 hDUAL-BEAM UV-ABSORPTION OZONE PHOTOMETER10 Miles SW of Lufkin, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/11F 15 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES26 Miles W of Ft. Stockton, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/11F 18 h 40 mBMLS (Balloon-borne Microwave Limb Sounder)23 Miles SE of Ft. Stockton, Texas, US
Laramie (WY)5/14---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)5/28---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Paardefontein5/28+ 116 dATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY STUDY + GRAVITY WAVES--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)5/31---DFS (Direct Flow Sampler) + CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/2---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/3---TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/48 hDFS (Direct Flow Sampler) + CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)6/6F 24 hGAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT18 Miles SW of Corona, New Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)6/7F 5 h 50 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES / ENGINEERING TEST7 Miles SW of Dublin, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/8F 11 h 30 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES14 Miles SW of Coleman, Texas, US
Sanriku6/9---PAYLOAD RECOVERY SYSTEM DROP TEST--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/10---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Paardefontein6/1017 dMIR (Montgolfier Infra-Rouge)--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/10---MICROGRAVITY TEST--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/12---MASS SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/17---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/1914 hOPTICAL OZONESONDE--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/22---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/24---SOLAR SPECTROGRAPH--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/257 h 30 mOPTICAL OZONESONDE--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/25---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/27---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Trapani6/2918 h 45 mCLYTONEE100 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)6/30F 12 h 30 mOBSERVATIONS OF ANISOTROPIES OF COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND40 Miles N of Pecos, Texas, US
Gimli (MB)7/??---SOLAR TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)7/2F 13 hOBSERVATIONS OF ANISOTROPIES OF COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND30 Miles SW of Pecos Texas, US
Trapani7/6---POLIFEMONear Sciacca, Sicily, Italy
Holloman AFB (NM)7/7---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)7/8---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)7/13---ASHCANBalloon failure during inflation
Laramie (WY)7/14---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Trapani7/1416 h 30 mMINIZEBRA50 km N of Huelva, Spain
Holloman AFB (NM)7/14---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)7/14---ASHCANBalloon failure at launch
Laramie (WY)7/18---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Trapani7/2116 hPOKER-HXR81MNear Llerena, 100 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)7/24---SOLAR CELL CALIBRATIONBalloon failure during inflation
Palestine (TX)7/25F 7 hSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION43 miles NW of Big Springs, Texas, US
Trapani8/3~ 15 hULYSEE60 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Laramie (WY)8/4---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Trapani8/623 h 30 mTXC (Transient X-RAY Camera) - ENEA60 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)8/11F 6 h 20 mSTUB DUCT TEST FLIGHT8 miles NE of Colman, Texas, US
Laramie (WY)8/20---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)8/2213 h 30 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT13 miles S of Midland, Texas, US
Gimli (MB)8/27---CERENKOV-SCINTILLATION COUNTER TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Paardefontein9/??---TECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/2---SAKURA (Cryogenic Sampler)--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/513 hSOLAR TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/5---HIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION30 miles E of Waco, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/615 h 50 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT20 miles SE of Pecos, Texas, US
Greenville (SC)9/9F 45 hSKY ANCHOR XIII--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/10F 12 h 20 mU.V. EXPERIMENT51 miles S of San Angelo, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/12F 15 h 45 mGOLDENER DRACHE TELESKOP30 miles W of Ozona, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/1415 h 25 m60 CM INFRARED TELESCOPE12 miles W of Brownwood, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/14---MASS SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/18---SPECTROPHOTOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/19---ULTRAVIOLET EXPERIMENT5 miles W of Alto, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/21F 22 h 30 mCRYOGENIC SAMPLER10 miles S of Vernon, Texas, US
Sanriku9/21---GLIDING PARACHUTE TEST--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/21---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/23F 25 h 15 mULTRAVIOLET EXPERIMENT35 miles W of Pecos, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/2313 h 40 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT15 miles SW of Waco, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/24---SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/28F 26 hX-RAY TELESCOPE XG8120 miles SE of Portales, NeW Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)9/2822 hHEXE (High Energy X-Ray Experiment)32 miles SW of Dalhart, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)9/29---BBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/30---COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTBalloon failure at 53.000 ft. Landing 8 miles SW of Alto, Texas, US
Laramie (WY)10/1---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)10/7---CHLORINE ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTSBalloon failure at launch
Holloman AFB (NM)10/7---SCRIBE (Stratospheric CRyogenic Interferometer Balloon Experiment)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/8---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)10/8---CHLORINE ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/10---JACEE 3 (Japanese-American Collaborative Emulsion Experiment) - FailureAborted Flight
Aire Sur L'Adour10/17---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/1918 h 10 mCOSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION22 miles N of Greenwood, Mississippi, US
Palestine (TX)10/19F 7 h 54 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES28 miles SW of Longview, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/27---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/2---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/410 h 20 mDUAL-BEAM UV-ABSORPTION OZONE PHOTOMETER25 miles S of Monroe, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)11/4~ 12.00 hRADIOMETER 90 GHZ6 miles SE of Leaksville, Mississippi, US
Laramie (WY)11/51 h 30 mAEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Nagashima11/1084 h 31 mDOUBLE EAGLE V (Abruzzo - Aoki - Clark - Newman)Near Covelo, California, US
Alice Springs11/1024 h 30 mUCR GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/20F 8 h 30 mENGINEERING TEST FLIGHT3 miles S of Clinton, Louisiana, US
Alice Springs11/2019 hLEGS (Low Energy Gamma-ray Spectrometer)300 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs11/2130 h 5 mGERMANIUM GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE311 miles WNW of Alice Springs, Australia
S.J.dos Campos (SP)11/287 hMASER 24,5 ghzIn Manuel - Sao Paulo
Laramie (WY)11/30---OZONE DETECTORS TEST--- No Data ---
Alice Springs12/1F 12 hCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Alice Springs12/1F 10 h 10 mX-RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Alice Springs12/1---COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTBalloon failure
Laramie (WY)12/7---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)12/9F 4 h 40 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES21 miles of Natchez, Mississippi, US
S.J.dos Campos (SP)12/185 h 43 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---