In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1976, which are currently available in StratoCat's database. Each row shows basic data about the launch base from which departed, date and time of the launch, and if available the duration of the mission and the site of termination or landing place of the payload.


Regarding the kind of payload or experiment transported in each balloon mission, if you click the experiment name a text will be displayed showing the name of the scientific institutions involved in that mission, a brief resume of the purpose of the experiment carried onboard as well the scientific results obtained, and other information of relevance from that particular mission. Finaly at the bottom of the window there are links to external references. In some cases, these references are available throught scientific websites or journals for free. In other cases however, the information was published on journals only accesible throught direct suscription or using the access provided by Universities or research centers.

Launch baseDateFlight DurationExperimentPayload landing place or cause of the failure
Palestine (TX)1/12F 30 mMEASUREMENTS OF STRATOSPHERIC AEROSOLS--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)1/17F 5 h 55 mMEASUREMENTS OF HALOCARBONS AND METHANE IN THE ATMOSPHERE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)1/17F 11 h 55 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)1/27---CRYOGENIC WHOLE AIR SAMPLER (AFGL)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)1/27F 2 h 10 mCRYOGENIC SAMPLER (NCAR)--- No Data ---
Mildura1/28---RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
Mildura1/29---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)1/30---X-RAY TELESCOPEBalloon failure
Holloman AFB (NM)2/6---CRYOGENIC WHOLE AIR SAMPLER (AFGL)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)2/8---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)2/8F 13 h 5 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)2/12---CRYOGENIC WHOLE AIR SAMPLER (AFGL)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)2/135 h 30 mASHCAN27 miles NE of Hobbs, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)2/15---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)2/17---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)2/18---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palos Verdes (CA)2/1830 h 30 mATMOSAT AMERICA 1 (Heinsheimer - Neushal)Lukeville, Arizona, US
Holloman AFB (NM)2/23---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)2/24---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)2/267 h 15 mASHCAN20 miles ESE of Holloman AFB, New Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)2/26---TRAINING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)2/27F 5 h 30 mCRYOGENIC SAMPLER (NCAR)--- No Data ---
Albrook AFB, Panama3/3---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Albrook AFB, Panama3/4---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/9F 12 h 20 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/17F 55 mTRAINING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)3/18---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/22---SPECTRUM OF COSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATIONBalloon failure
Albrook AFB, Panama3/29---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/31F 8 hSPECTRUM OF COSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATIONNear Aiken, South Carolina, US
Albrook AFB, Panama4/1---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/1F 4 h 55 mBUSS (Balloon-Borne Ultraviolet Stellar Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/1---MEASUREMENTS OF VARIOUS STRATOSPHERIC SPECIES--- No Data ---
Albrook AFB, Panama4/2---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Rio Cuarto4/41 hALIR-I (Infrared Telescope)Balloon failure
Palestine (TX)4/4F 1 h 45 mMEASUREMENTS OF VARIOUS STRATOSPHERIC SPECIES--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/6---TRAINING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/8F 6 h 45 m102 CM FAR INFRARED TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
TIFR Hyderabad4/171 hINFRARED ASTRONOMY--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/19---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
San Angelo (TX)4/1931 h 44 mATMOSAT AMERICA 2 (Heinsheimer - Neushal)In Goodland, Kansas, US
Laramie (WY)4/20---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/21F 9 h 55 mSPECTRUM OF SUBMILLIMETER COSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/21---DETECTION OF TRACE MOLECULAR SPECIES IN STRATOSPHEREBalloon failure
Palestine (TX)4/22F 9 h 30 mHIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATIONNear Arcadia, Louisiana, US
Aire Sur L'Adour4/233 hMETEOROLOGICAL SENSORS--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/25F 9 h 20 mX-RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)4/294 h 30 mLIQUID HELIUM SPECTROMETER + RADIOMETER + X-RAY DETECTOR3 miles S of Bear Lake, Alaska, US
Palestine (TX)5/2F 11 h 20 mX-RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/2F 25 mMEASUREMENTS OF VARIOUS STRATOSPHERIC SPECIES--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour5/337 kmSPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/5---RADIOMETER + SPECTROMETER86 miles NNW of Eielson AFB, Alaska, US
TIFR Hyderabad5/9---GAMMA-RAY STUDIESBalloon launch ground abort
Holloman AFB (NM)5/1020 hBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPENear Rock Springs, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/10F 19 h 15 mNRL HARD X-RAY OBSERVATORY--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/10F 5 h 15 mHIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATIONInside the Lake O' The Pines, Texas, US
Muskogee (OK)5/112 hSUPERPRESSURE TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/11---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/13---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)5/14---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/14---CRYOGENIC WHOLE AIR SAMPLER (AFGL)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/15F 8 h 20 mGAMMA RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/15F 1 h 30 mMEASUREMENTS OF STRATOSPHERIC AEROSOLS--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/16---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Muskogee (OK)5/17---OBSERVATION OF GAMMA RAY BURSTSOperations Failure
Watertown (SD)5/17---SSCM (Small Superconductor Magnet) - PROJECT HAPPE--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/17---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/18F 12 h 25 mMICHELSON INTERFEROMETER--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/18---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/19F 9 h 10 mBUSS (Balloon-Borne Ultraviolet Stellar Spectrometer)In Ranger, Texas, US
Eielson AFB (AK)5/19---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER (AFGL)--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/19---CRYOGENIC WHOLE AIR SAMPLER (AFGL)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/20F 40 hSUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET SPECTROMETERIn the Navarro Mills Lake, Navarro County, Texas, US
Eielson AFB (AK)5/20---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/2226 h 30 mPRIMARY COSMIC RAYS (Boomerang Flight)--- No Data ---
Muskogee (OK)5/2344 hOBSERVATION OF GAMMA RAY BURSTS13 miles E of Carrollton, Missouri, EE.UU
Sioux Falls (SD)5/2536 hULTRA-HEAVY COSMIC RAY DETECTORNear Battle Creek, Iowa, US
Mildura5/26---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Eielson AFB (AK)5/26---RADIOMETER + SPECTROMETERPayload hit the ground during launch
Palestine (TX)5/28F 7 h 45 m102 CM FAR INFRARED TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/299 h 44 mBAT-1 (Balloon-Borne Astronomical Telescope)Near Mount Chokai, Tohoku, Japan
Sioux Falls (SD)5/297 hPAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/31---INFRARED TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Mildura6/2---RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)6/3---COSMIC RAY DETECTORBalloon failure
Gap-Tallard6/56 hOPALE--- No Data ---
St.Louis (MO)6/824 hDA VINCI II (Engelmann - Simons)Griffin, Indiana, US
Palestine (TX)6/10F 13 h 55 mCOSMIC RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)6/16F 8 h 30 mFAR INFRARED PHOTOMETRY--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/17---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/19---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/21---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/23---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)6/24F 12 hRADIOMETER II--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/25---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/26---MOTAS (Mouvements Organisés et Turbulence Atmosphérique)--- No Data ---
Sioux Falls (SD)6/275 h 40 mMAIN PAYLOAD UNKNOWN + TEST OF COMMAND RECEIVERSE of Pierre, South Dakota, US
Holloman AFB (NM)6/29---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard7/1---MOTAS (Mouvements Organisés et Turbulence Atmosphérique)--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard7/1---EBERT-FASTIE SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palos Verdes (CA)7/432 h 30 mATMOSAT AMERICA 3 (Heinsheimer - Neushal)Death Valley, Nevada, US
Volsk7/5---GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)7/6F 6 h 40 mBIRAP (Balloon InfraRed Astronomy Platform)--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)7/7---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)7/7F 10 h 45 mFAR INFRARED TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Sioux Falls (SD)7/712 hTEST FLIGHTN of Nebraska, US
Laramie (WY)7/9---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
St.Louis (MO)7/2326 hDA VINCI III (Engelmann - Simons)Near Moorehead, Kentucky, US
Holloman AFB (NM)7/28---CORONA ANEMOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)7/28F 1 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES--- No Data ---
Trapani7/293 d 3 hHXR-76 (Hard X-Rays 1976)Radio contact with the balloon lost after 75 hours aloft. Payload never recovered.
Sioux Falls (SD)7/3012 hTEST FLIGHTNear the Mississippi river, South Dakota, US
Palestine (TX)8/49 h 14 mCABBAGE (Cornell-Arizona Balloon-Borne Astronomy Group Experiment)Near Eldorado, Texas, US
Yorkton (SK)8/10---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER (NCAR)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)8/11F 11 h 50 mRADIOMETER III--- No Data ---
Trapani8/134 d 11 hGAMMA RAY DETECTORNear Gardner, Massachusetts, USA
Yorkton (SK)8/19---STRATOPROBE III--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)8/21---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)8/23---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)8/25---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)8/25---ENGINEERING AND TRAINING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Yorkton (SK)8/2522 h 30 mFAR INFRARED MICHELSON INTERFEROMETER--- No Data ---
Yorkton (SK)8/28---STRATOPROBE III--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)8/30---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)8/31---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/1---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/1F 11 h 55 mPROPAGATION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION FROM LIGHTING--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/1---OZONOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/3F 8 h 20 mCOSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION STUDY--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/8---ENGINEERING AND TRAINING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Mildura9/9---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Watertown (SD)9/1325 hIRIS (IRon ISotopes)--- No Data ---
Mildura9/14---RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/14---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/15F 10 h 40 mINFRARED EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/16F 11 h 5 mBUSS (Balloon-Borne Ultraviolet Stellar Spectrometer)--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/205 h 30 mLAMELLAR GRATING INTERFEROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/23F 26 hHIGH ENERGY COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Sioux Falls (SD)9/23---PAYLOAD UNKNOWN--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/23---AGLAE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/24F 20 mSOLAR CELL CALIBRATIONBalloon Failure
Sioux Falls (SD)9/24---MULTIELEMENT TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/27---STRATCOM - VII-A (Stratospheric Composition)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/29F 27 h 20 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)9/30---EXPERIMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)9/30---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/30---SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET SPECTROMETERBalloon Failure
Sioux Falls (SD)9/30F 17 hMULTIWIRE PROPORTIONAL COUNTER HODOSCOPENear Alpena, Michigan, US
Fairbanks (AK)9/30---X-RAY IMAGING DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/2F 1 h 20 mSTRATOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTS PROGRAM--- No Data ---
Milbridge (ME)10/6107 h 37 mSILVER FOX (Yost)Atlantic Ocean
Palestine (TX)10/9F 13 h 30 mGAMMA RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/11F 28 hCOSMIC RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/13F 5 h 15 mDUAL REFLECTIVE CORONOGRAPH--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/14F 6 hENGINEERING TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/20F 7 hBIRAP (Balloon InfraRed Astronomy Platform)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/21F 3 h60 CM INFRARED TELESCOPEPayload destroyed in free fall due to parachute malfunction.
TIFR Hyderabad11/1---COSMIC RAYS DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/1---ASHCANBalloon failed at launch
Holloman AFB (NM)11/2---ASHCANAerial recovery of the payload
Laramie (WY)11/2---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/3---ASHCANBalloon failed at launch
Holloman AFB (NM)11/4---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/42 hTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTIn Paranavaí - Sao Paulo
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/510 hTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTIn Aparecida - Sao Paulo
Holloman AFB (NM)11/6---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/8---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/8---TECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTIn Mato Grosso
ESRANGE11/10---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/10F 2 h 30 mX-RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/102 hBERENICEIn Morungaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mildura11/113 h 15 mAEROSOL COUNTER + RADIOMETER--- No Data ---
ESRANGE11/11---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
ESRANGE11/11---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
ESRANGE11/11---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
ESRANGE11/12---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
ESRANGE11/12---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/126 hTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTPayload lost in the sea
Holloman AFB (NM)11/15---RFI TEST OF SCADS-2 SYSTEM--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/175 hOPALEIn Rio Paraiba, Sao Jose dos Campos, Paraná, Brazil
Holloman AFB (NM)11/18---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/22---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/237 hTECHNOLOGICAL FLIGHTIn Sarapuí - Paraná
TIFR Hyderabad11/24---GAMMA-RAY STUDIESBalloon burst at tropopause
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/269.4 hAGATHEIn Salto Grande, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Palestine (TX)11/2913 h 10 m41 INCH INFRARED TELESCOPE8 km NW of Opelika, Alabama, US
Guaratinguetá (SP)11/3011.54 hJUPITERIn Fazenda Santa Fe - Reginópolis - Sao Paulo
Laramie (WY)12/2---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Parkes12/29 hX-RAY TELESCOPENear Cobar, New South Wales, Australia
Palestine (TX)12/2F 2 h 40 mENGINEERING AND TRAINING FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)12/24.35 hCESAR GAMMA RAY TELESCOPEIn Cambuí - Minas Gerais
Holloman AFB (NM)12/3---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)12/3F 3 hSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION--- No Data ---
ESRANGE12/4---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
ESRANGE12/4---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)12/4---BALLOON-BORNE ION SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)12/5---IR VERTICALGuaratingueta - Sao Paulo, Brazil
ESRANGE12/7---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
ESRANGE12/8---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
ESRANGE12/8---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)12/8F 1 h 30 mSTRATOSPHERIC MEASUREMENT PROGRAM--- No Data ---
Farmington (NM)12/87 hATMOSAT AMERICA 4 (Heinsheimer - Neushal)Monticello, Utah, US
ESRANGE12/9---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
Syowa12/1210 hELECTRIC FIELD AND AURORAL X-RAYS STUDIES--- No Data ---
ESRANGE12/13---SAMBO 76--- No Data ---
Truth or Consequences (NM)12/132 h 20 mPIONEER VENUS PROBE PARACHUTE TESTTest aborted over White Sands due to cloud coverage in the drop zone. Package recovered
Palestine (TX)12/168 h41 INCH INFRARED TELESCOPENear Uniontown, Alabama, US
Palestine (TX)12/16---SKY ANCHOR TEST--- No Data ---
Truth or Consequences (NM)12/16---PIONEER VENUS PROBE PARACHUTE TESTDropped over White Sands, New Mexico
Laramie (WY)12/30---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---

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