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: 14998

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

355

1971

237

1972

255

1973

236

1974

164

1975

266

1976

208

1977

204

1978

179

1979

225

1980

163

1981

126

1982

135

1983

142

1984

97

1985

100

1986

93

1987

98

1988

109

1989

93

1990

127

1991

109

1992

134

1993

84

1994

106

1995

107

1996

72

1997

103

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

267

2020

267

2021

148

2022

18

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 22-May-2022 - 11:30:43am)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Sanriku8/31/1994---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/8/1993---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/21/1988---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/2/1987---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/28/1986---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)5/16/2022~ 2 hRAVEN AEROSTAR FLIGHT 595E of Sutherland, Iowa, US
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)5/10/202212 h 30 mRAVEN AEROSTAR FLIGHT 59427 km SW of Morris, Minnesota, US
San Manuel (AZ)3/10/2022---TRAINING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Spaceport Tucson (AZ)5/5/20226 d 17 h 40 mSTRATOLLITE - GRYPHON XXIVImpact in the Atlantic Ocean, 13 km W of Bimini
Sanriku9/2/1982---GRAB SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/3/1980---GRAB SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Santa Fe County (NM)4/28/20225 d 7 h 2 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 58146 km W of Albany, Georgia, US
Santa Fe County (NM)4/26/202214 d 10 hTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 583Near Rio Zarquito, Izabal, Guatemala
New Brighton (MN)8/14/1953---GRAB BAG SAMPLING SYSTEM--- No Data ---
Spaceport Tucson (AZ)4/9/20224 d 7 hSTRATOLLITE - GRYPHON XXIII50 km ESE of Alliance, Nebraska, US
Biella10/14/1954F 5 h 40 mEMULSION STACKNear Briancon, France
Fort Magsaysay4/1/2022~ 8 dTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 587Last known position in the Pacific Ocean NE of Oki Daito Island, Okinawa
Fort Magsaysay4/1/202215 d 10 h 33 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 58610 km W of Marysville, Kansas, US
Fort Magsaysay3/27/2022~ 5 dTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 589Last known position in the Pacific Ocean SE of Oki Daito Island, Okinawa
Fort Magsaysay3/29/20223 d 1 h 33 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 588Impact in the South China Sea, 70 km W off the coast of Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Fort Magsaysay3/27/20221 h 40 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 585Possible balloon failure at 57.000 ft. Landing near Duruplak, Philippines
Santa Fe County (NM)3/16/202223 h 10 mTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 58052 km NE of Tucumcari, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)5/16/1972---INFRARED RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/8/1971---INFRARED RADIOMETERNear Socorro, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)2/25/1971---INFRARED RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
Bayannuur City11/??/2019---TURBULENCE STUDIES IN LOWER STRATOSPHERE--- No Data ---
Richvale (CA)10/24/201320 h 24 mPROJECT LOON FLIGHT I-10625 km E of Tonopah, Nevada, US
Richvale (CA)10/24/201317 h 40 mPROJECT LOON FLIGHT I-10548 km NW of Tonopah, Nevada, US
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)9/20/20136 d 13 h 33 mPROJECT LOON FLIGHT I-104NE of Yankton, South Dakota, US
Raven campus, Baltic (SD)9/20/20132 h 9 mPROJECT LOON FLIGHT I-103SE of Renville, Minnesota, US