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: 13131

1947

16

1948

22

1949

45

1950

13

1951

64

1952

140

1953

531

1954

310

1955

326

1956

817

1957

481

1958

879

1959

488

1960

390

1961

373

1962

370

1963

294

1964

434

1965

435

1966

430

1967

346

1968

285

1969

313

1970

314

1971

224

1972

244

1973

227

1974

144

1975

258

1976

185

1977

195

1978

167

1979

197

1980

151

1981

106

1982

105

1983

103

1984

57

1985

72

1986

53

1987

78

1988

101

1989

70

1990

92

1991

73

1992

97

1993

60

1994

91

1995

99

1996

66

1997

97

1998

103

1999

118

2000

121

2001

95

2002

81

2003

77

2004

79

2005

128

2006

103

2007

72

2008

61

2009

50

2010

60

2011

55

2012

95

2013

126

2014

58

2015

46

2016

39

2017

30

2018

6

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 13-May-2018 - 11:56:38pm)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Sanriku9/18/2003~ 4 hULTRA THIN FILM BALLOON TEST--- No Data ---
Thule8/9/1961---IONIZATION CHAMBER--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/24/19843 d 1 hARGOS SATELLITE LINK TESTIn the Pacific Ocean, 1800 km E from Japan shore
Cornish (UT)8/1/1992---SSV (SUPERPRESSURE Stratospheric Vehicle)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour7/13/1962---BALLOON RECOVERY TEST--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour7/12/1962---JUMBO COSMIC DUST PROBE--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour7/11/1962---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour7/11/1962---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour7/10/19621 hCOSMIC DUST PROBE--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/17/19864 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)3/22/19864 h 20 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Alice Springs4/26/201816 h 44 mGRAINE (Gamma-Ray Astro-Imager with Nuclear Emulsion)W of Windorah, Queensland, Australia
Hyderabad4/13/2018---T-500102 km SW of Hyderabad, India
NAS Oppama2/10/1956111 hTRANSOSONDEIn the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, US
NAS Oppama2/27/1956---TRANSOSONDELast signal received 780 miles south of Midway Island, Pacific Ocean
NAS Oppama2/23/1956---TRANSOSONDE--- No Data ---
NAS Oppama2/22/1956---TRANSOSONDE100 miles NE of Kodiak, Alaska, US
NAS Oppama2/22/1956---TRANSOSONDE--- No Data ---
NAS Oppama2/3/1956---TRANSOSONDE--- No Data ---
NAS Oppama2/2/1956---TRANSOSONDE--- No Data ---
NAS Oppama1/17/1956---TRANSOSONDEIn the Pacific Ocean 609 miles from Hawaii
NAS Oppama1/21/1956---TRANSOSONDE--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/9/19933 hOPTICAL OZONE SENSOR--- No Data ---
Sanriku1/29/19961 hEVAL BALLOON TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Sanriku1/14/1997---EVAL BALLOON TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/12/1997---EVAL BALLOON TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/10/1996 OPTICAL OZONE SENSOR--- No Data ---
Sanriku8/27/1994 OPTICAL OZONE SENSOR--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/30/1994 OPTICAL OZONE SENSOR--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/29/1994 OPTICAL OZONE SENSOR--- No Data ---