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: 15124

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

165

1975

266

1976

209

1977

206

1978

184

1979

225

1980

166

1981

135

1982

145

1983

143

1984

101

1985

108

1986

99

1987

103

1988

113

1989

101

1990

127

1991

110

1992

135

1993

85

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

51

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 25-Sep-2022 - 08:44:10pm)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Fort Sumner (NM)9/22/20227 h 30 mTINMAN (ThermalIzed Neutron MeAsuremeNt experiment)Payload free falled from 125.000 ft. Impact 65 km al WNW of Tucumcari, New Mexico, US
Aire Sur L'Adour10/14/1977---AGLAE--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/5/19766 hOPALE--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour12/4/1974---OPALE--- No Data ---
Page (AZ)9/15/202210 dSTRATOLLITE - GRYPHON XXVI35 km SW of Lamar, Colorado, US
Santa Fe County (NM)9/10/20221 hTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 60710 miles N of launch site, New Mexico, US
Fort Sumner (NM)9/8/202221 h 7 mHASP 2022 (High Altitude Student Platform)45 km NE of St. Johns, Arizona, US
Fort Sumner (NM)9/7/20228 h 45 mBALBOA (BALloon-Based Observations for sunlit Aurora)In el Malpais National Conservation Area, New Mexico, US
ESRANGE9/7/202211 h 30 mHEMERA ZPB2022In Norway, close to the border with Sweden
Aire Sur L'Adour9/20/19937 h 45 mFAR INFRARED TELESCOPE - MIL I MISSION20 km from Carcassone, France
Aire Sur L'Adour5/12/1992~ 12 hFAR INFRARED TELESCOPE - CYGNUS III MISSION40 km SE from Bordeaux, France
Tillamook (OR)8/31/20228 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWNNW of Hillsboro, Oregon, US
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)8/25/202226 d 6 h 55 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 605Near Streator, Illinois, US
Fort Sumner (NM)8/25/202221 hMULLENAX TEST FLIGHT32 km NE of Seligman, Arizona, US
Fort Sumner (NM)8/23/20225 hSALTER TEST FLIGHT66 km ESE of Moriarty, New Mexico, US
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)8/13/20221 d 9 h 45 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 603In County Loup, Nebraska, US
Timmins (ON)8/23/202215 h 10 mHEMERA 3Near Val Paradis, Quebec, Canada
Timmins (ON)8/22/202218 h 50 mIFTS160 km NW of Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Timmins (ON)8/17/20229 h 28 mSOLARSW of White River, Ontario, Canada
Timmins (ON)8/12/202213 h 14 mCALASETAbout 40 miles NE of Saulte Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada
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 mQEOBS (Quantum Earth Observatory)20 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 ---
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)7/21/202240 d 22 h 10 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 60076 km SE of Alamogordo, Nee Mexico, US
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