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: 13523

1947

16

1948

22

1949

45

1950

13

1951

64

1952

140

1953

531

1954

311

1955

332

1956

819

1957

481

1958

880

1959

489

1960

391

1961

380

1962

370

1963

294

1964

434

1965

435

1966

431

1967

352

1968

287

1969

313

1970

315

1971

225

1972

245

1973

231

1974

145

1975

258

1976

187

1977

195

1978

167

1979

200

1980

152

1981

126

1982

128

1983

134

1984

95

1985

99

1986

92

1987

95

1988

107

1989

87

1990

109

1991

96

1992

124

1993

72

1994

101

1995

103

1996

71

1997

102

1998

105

1999

124

2000

121

2001

96

2002

81

2003

77

2004

79

2005

128

2006

105

2007

72

2008

61

2009

50

2010

60

2011

55

2012

95

2013

128

2014

62

2015

47

2016

40

2017

33

2018

13

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 6-Jul-2018 - 12:03:39am)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Palestine (TX)7/5/20187 h 15 mASCOT (Advanced Scintillator COmpton Telescope)N of Pecos, Texas, US
ESRANGE6/24/20185 d 16 h 13 mHIWIND (High-altitude Interferometer WIND Experiment)Near Kugluktuk, Nunavut territory, Canada
Aire Sur L'Adour9/15/1980---GRILLE SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Gimli (MB)7/27/197915 h 17 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWNNear Broadview, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sanriku5/19/197960 hGAMMA RAY BURST DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Campinas (SP)1/4/1988---TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour10/6/1973---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN6 km from Bédarieux, France
Aire Sur L'Adour10/5/1973---PAYLOAD UNKNOWNIn St Privat des Vieux, France
Aire Sur L'Adour10/4/1973---PAYLOAD UNKNOWNBalloon burst at 42.000 ft. Landing in a telephonic line located between Barcelonne and Montvendre, France
Holloman AFB (NM)6/17/1955~ 17 hANIMAL CAPSULENear Williams AFB, Arizona, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/7/1955---ANIMAL CAPSULEFailure at launch
Holloman AFB (NM)5/12/19552 hTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTBalloon burst at altitude
Holloman AFB (NM)2/3/19551 h 3 mANIMAL CAPSULE + PARACHUTE TESTFlight terminated at 40.000 ft
Holloman AFB (NM)2/2/1955---ANIMAL CAPSULE + PARACHUTE TESTFailure at launch
Holloman AFB (NM)6/24/1954---ANIMAL CAPSULEFailure of the balloon at launch
Palestine (TX)6/6/2018+ 20 HSUPERbit37 nautic miles SE of San Angelo, Texas, US
Hyderabad2/9/20183 hATMOSPHERIC AEROSOL RESEARCHNear Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India
Xilin Gol8/17/2017---TECHNOLOGICAL TEST--- No Data ---
Xilin Gol9/10/20178 hSUPERPRESSURE BALLOON TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
MCAS Iwakuni11/19/1958~ 4 dTRANSOSONDEFound in a farm SW of Hanover, Kansas, US
ATLAS Jaén4/23/2018---ELEVATE--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)8/27/2013---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)10/24/2013---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)3/26/2014---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)7/1/2014---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)9/16/2014---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)11/20/2014---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)1/27/2015---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)4/13/2016---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)11/9/2017---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---