Here you can browse StratoCat's comprehensive database of stratospheric balloon launches, sorted by year. Please note that while the database covers approximately 75% of global balloon launch activity since 1947, it does not provide statistically representative values yet. Consolidating all available data may take several years. Each blue badge number represents the launches performed for that year. Click on a year to view details of the flights including launch base, flight duration, mission purpose, and payload landing location. Some experiments offer further details such as operational accounts, scientific objectives, results, reference links, and related images. For the latest updates, check out the table at the bottom of this page featuring the thirty most recent database entries.


Total number of balloon launches in the database: 15490

1947

16

1948

22

1949

48

1950

14

1951

64

1952

141

1953

532

1954

315

1955

335

1956

824

1957

482

1958

879

1959

495

1960

409

1961

405

1962

384

1963

310

1964

462

1965

462

1966

439

1967

368

1968

305

1969

346

1970

367

1971

247

1972

258

1973

240

1974

179

1975

270

1976

213

1977

210

1978

191

1979

234

1980

191

1981

139

1982

151

1983

146

1984

106

1985

114

1986

105

1987

103

1988

113

1989

103

1990

127

1991

112

1992

137

1993

86

1994

111

1995

113

1996

74

1997

110

1998

107

1999

125

2000

123

2001

96

2002

81

2003

82

2004

79

2005

128

2006

109

2007

73

2008

63

2009

50

2010

61

2011

55

2012

96

2013

196

2014

62

2015

50

2016

46

2017

120

2018

192

2019

284

2020

273

2021

155

2022

77

2023

85

2024

15

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 19-May-2024 - 07:53:04am)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Holloman AFB (NM)7/17/196351 hBALLOON PERFORMANCE TESTImpact on the Pacific Ocean, at 31° 48' N; 131° 48' W - 780 miles WSW of the California coast.
Holloman AFB (NM)5/13/19775 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN41 miles NE of Newman, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)5/10/19774 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN10 miles N of Elk, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)3/17/19766 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN30 miles SSW of Deming, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)3/14/19687 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN50 miles NW of Lufkin, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)3/24/19678 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN20 miles SE of Amarillo, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)9/3/19698 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/24/197532 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN34 miles SW of St. Johns, Arizona, EE.UU
Holloman AFB (NM)9/25/197625 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/7/196611PAYLOAD UNKNOWN5 miles W of Douglas Bisbee, Arizona, US
Holloman AFB (NM)8/2/19744 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)8/7/19688 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN80 miles SW of Blythe, California, US
Hurley (SD)5/14/202428 hTHUNDERHEAD FLIGHT 686Near Grove Lake, Minnesota, US
Holloman AFB (NM)9/28/19676 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN16 miles SE of Deming, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)9/4/196823 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN45 miles NE of Deming, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/14/198511 h 15 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN18 miles WSW of Athens, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)8/27/19697 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN18 miles W of Gila Bend, Arizona, US
Holloman AFB (NM)2/27/19688 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN80 miles NE of Texarkana, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)2/9/19757 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN23 miles N of Big Springs, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)11/25/196925 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN60 miles S of Big Springs, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)11/2/19693 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN37 miles W of Big Springs, Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)5/25/19724 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN25 miles NE of Piñon, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/12/19653 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN20 miles N of Piñon, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/9/19645 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN32 miles NNE of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/19/19694 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN15 miles NNW of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)5/13/19746 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN16 miles NE of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/19/19763 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN12 miles NE of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/5/197310 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN25 miles NW of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/18/19693 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN9 miles E of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/13/19694 h 30 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN17 miles NW of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US