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: 13819

1947

16

1948

22

1949

45

1950

13

1951

64

1952

140

1953

531

1954

311

1955

332

1956

819

1957

481

1958

879

1959

490

1960

405

1961

385

1962

370

1963

304

1964

449

1965

444

1966

435

1967

364

1968

295

1969

325

1970

341

1971

230

1972

247

1973

234

1974

162

1975

263

1976

204

1977

198

1978

172

1979

223

1980

154

1981

125

1982

133

1983

137

1984

95

1985

100

1986

92

1987

96

1988

108

1989

87

1990

117

1991

109

1992

135

1993

82

1994

105

1995

107

1996

72

1997

103

1998

106

1999

125

2000

123

2001

96

2002

81

2003

82

2004

79

2005

128

2006

108

2007

72

2008

61

2009

50

2010

60

2011

55

2012

95

2013

128

2014

62

2015

48

2016

40

2017

34

2018

36

Last 30 records incorporated into our database (last update 27-Oct-2018 - 08:20:36pm)

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Spaceport Tucson (AZ)10/26/201816 h 40 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN40 miles W of Benjamín Hill, Sonora, México.
ESRANGE10/18/20184 h 3 mBEXUS 27 (Balloon-borne EXperiments for University Students)--- No Data ---
ESRANGE10/17/2018 BEXUS 26 (Balloon-borne EXperiments for University Students)In North Finland
Fort Sumner (NM)9/29/20182 hPING # 140 km SE of Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, US
McCall (ID)9/26/2018---BTEM (Balloon-borne Transverse Electro Magnetic wave-sensing system)--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad11/12/1999---INFRARED ASTRONOMYGround abort
TIFR Hyderabad4/22/1998F 48 mLASE (Large Area Scintillation counter Experiment)--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad3/15/1997---XMPC (Xenon filled Multi-anode Proportional Counter telescope)Control instrumentation failure.
TIFR Hyderabad3/24/19963 h 45 mDEVELOPMENT FLIGHT D:8--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad11/16/1994---LASE (Large Area Scintillation counter Experiment)Balloon failure
TIFR Hyderabad1/5/19945 h 45 mIONIZATION MEASUREMENTS, ELECTRO-DYNAMICS EXPERIENCE--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad11/18/19935 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad11/24/19927 h 55 mDEVELOPMENT FLIGHT D:5--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad4/20/19924 hION, OZONE, AEROSOLS AND WATER VAPOUR MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad3/18/19921 hXMPC (Xenon filled Multi-anode Proportional Counter telescope)Balloon burst al tropopause.
TIFR Hyderabad11/26/19912 hION MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad10/26/19914 h 15 mIMAP experience (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad4/9/19918 h 10 mRADAR RANGE ANS SRMD SYSTEM TEST--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad3/18/19913 hIMAP experience (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad2/19/19913 hRADAR RANGE ANS SRMD SYSTEM TEST--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad12/22/19903 h 50 mIonization measurements, electro-dynamics experience and IMAP experience (Indian Middle Atmosphere Program)--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad11/29/19906 h 15 mINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad12/10/19807 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad11/14/1971F 4 h 50 mGAMMA RAY OBSERVATION--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad4/24/1971F 4 hX RAY OBSERVATION--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad3/20/1970F 1 h 50 mGAMMA RAY OBSERVATION--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad4/1/1970F 4 hGAMMA RAY OBSERVATION--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad4/5/1970F 6 h 30 mMAGNETIC SPECTROGRAPH--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad4/8/1970---X RAY OBSERVATIONBalloon failure
TIFR Hyderabad4/11/1970---GAMMA RAY OBSERVATIONGround abort at launch