In the table below you will find the records of stratospheric balloons launched from different countries and places during 1981, 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
Siple Dome1/538 hX-RAY + VLF DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Siple Dome1/74 hX-RAY + ELECTRIC FIELD + VLF DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Siple Dome1/1335 h 30 mX-RAY + VLF DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Siple Dome1/1435 h 30 mX-RAY + VLF DETECTOR--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)1/15---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Guaratinguetá (SP)1/29---SKY ANCHOR XIIMain balloon failure
Guaratinguetá (SP)2/24.51 mbRACCOON (Radiation Controlled Balloon)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)2/12---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)2/1911 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES / STUB DUCT TEST FLIGHT10 Miles SE of Manny, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)2/20F 11 hBMLS (Balloon-borne Microwave Limb Sounder)5 Miles W Of Newton , Texas, US
Holloman AFB (NM)3/98 h 55 mPOSITIVE ION MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)3/194 h 10 mSOLAR IR MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/20F 6 h 15 mSTUB DUCT TEST FLIGHT--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)3/235 hFOURIER TRANSFORM SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)3/24---STATIC LAUNCH TESTNsbf Launch Pad
Holloman AFB (NM)4/1---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/55 h 40 mASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/6F 12 hCOMMUNICATION TEST20 Miles SW of Montgomery, Alabama, US
Palestine (TX)4/6F 9 h 20 mCOMMUNICATION TEST10 Miles S of Laurel, Mississippi, US
Barking Sands (HI)4/619 h 30 mCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/95 h 50 mSOLAR IRRADIANCE MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)4/9---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
S.J.dos Campos (SP)4/145 hELECTRIC FIELDIn Caraguatatuba - Sao Paulo
TIFR Hyderabad4/204 h 30 mX-RAY STUDIES--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)4/22---UV SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)4/24---TEST FLIGHT OF BALLOON MADE OF NEW MATERIALBalloon failure at launch
Palestine (TX)4/25F 12 hHIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION11 Miles E of El Dorado, Arkansas, US
Barking Sands (HI)4/271 h 30 mCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTNear the launch site
Laramie (WY)5/5---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)5/7F 5 hUV O3 PHOTOMETER + LYMAN ALPHA HYGROMETER10 Miles SW of Lufkin, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/7F 21 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES15 Miles NE of Gainesville, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/7F 22 hMSBS (Mass Spectrometer-Beam System)3 Miles NW of Mineola, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/11F 18 h 40 mBMLS (Balloon-borne Microwave Limb Sounder)23 Miles SE of Ft. Stockton, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)5/11F 15 hATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES26 Miles W of Ft. Stockton, Texas, US
Laramie (WY)5/14---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/17---STATIC LAUNCH METHOD VERIFICATION--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/21---STRATOSPHERIC WATER VAPOUR MEASUREMENTS--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/26---HIGH ENERGY PARTICLES OBSERVATION--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/27---BOOMERANG FLIGHT TEST--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)5/28---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Paardefontein5/28+ 116 dATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY STUDY + GRAVITY WAVES--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)5/31---DFS (Direct Flow Sampler) + CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku5/31---POINTING SYSTEM VERIFICATION OF AN INFRARED TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/2---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/3---TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/48 hDFS (Direct Flow Sampler) + CRYOGENIC SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/4---ATMOSPHERIC INFRARED ABSORPTION SPECTRUM--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/5---MAGNETOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)6/6F 24 hGAMMA RAY EXPERIMENT18 Miles SW of Corona, New Mexico, US
Palestine (TX)6/7F 5 h 50 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES / STUB DUCT TEST FLIGHT7 Miles SW of Dublin, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)6/8F 11 h 30 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES14 Miles SW of Coleman, Texas, US
Sanriku6/9---PAYLOAD RECOVERY SYSTEM DROP TEST--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/10---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Paardefontein6/1017 dMIR (Montgolfier Infra-Rouge)--- No Data ---
Sanriku6/10---MICROGRAVITY TEST--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/12---MASS SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/17---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/1914 hOPTICAL OZONESONDE--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/22---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/24---SOLAR SPECTROGRAPH--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)6/25---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Gap-Tallard6/257 h 30 mOPTICAL OZONESONDE--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)6/27---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Trapani6/2918 h 5 mCLYTONEE100 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)6/30F 12 h 30 mOBSERVATIONS OF ANISOTROPIES OF COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND40 Miles N of Pecos, Texas, US
Gimli (MB)7/??---SOLAR TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)7/2F 13 hOBSERVATIONS OF ANISOTROPIES OF COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND30 Miles SW of Pecos Texas, US
Trapani7/62 hPOLIFEMONear Sciacca, Sicily, Italy
Holloman AFB (NM)7/7---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)7/8---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)7/13---ASHCANBalloon failure during inflation
Laramie (WY)7/14---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)7/14---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)7/14---ASHCANBalloon failure at launch
Trapani7/1416 h 28 mMINIZEBRA50 km N of Huelva, Spain
Laramie (WY)7/18---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Roswell Muni. (NM)7/21~ 4 hBAMM II (Balloon Altitude Mosaic Measurements)In White Sands Rocket Range, New Mexico, US
Trapani7/2116 h 02 mPOKER-HXR81MNear Llerena, 100 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)7/24---SOLAR CELL CALIBRATIONBalloon failure during inflation
Palestine (TX)7/25F 7 hSOLAR CELL CALIBRATION43 miles NW of Big Springs, Texas, US
Trapani8/315 h 02 mULYSEE60 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Laramie (WY)8/4---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Trapani8/623 h 30 mTXC (Transient X-RAY Camera) - ENEA60 km N of Sevilla, Spain
Palestine (TX)8/11F 6 h 20 mSTUB DUCT TEST FLIGHT8 miles NE of Colman, Texas, US
Laramie (WY)8/20---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)8/2213 h 30 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT13 miles S of Midland, Texas, US
Gimli (MB)8/27---CERENKOV-SCINTILLATION COUNTER TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Sanriku8/29---VERIFICATION OF ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEM--- No Data ---
Sanriku9/2---GRAB SAMPLER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/5---HIGH RESOLUTION IR SOLAR OBSERVATION30 miles E of Waco, Texas, US
Sanriku9/513 hSOLAR TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/615 h 50 mBIRAP (Balloon InfraRed Astronomy Platform)20 miles SE of Pecos, Texas, US
Greenville (SC)9/9F 45 hSKY ANCHOR XIII--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/10F 12 h 20 mU.V. EXPERIMENT51 miles S of San Angelo, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/12F 15 h 45 mGOLDENER DRACHE TELESKOP30 miles W of Ozona, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/1415 h 25 m60 CM INFRARED TELESCOPE12 miles W of Brownwood, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/14---MASS SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/18---SPECTROPHOTOMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/19---ULTRAVIOLET EXPERIMENT5 miles W of Alto, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/21F 22 h 30 mCRYOGENIC SAMPLER (NCAR)10 miles S of Vernon, Texas, US
Sanriku9/21---GLIDING PARACHUTE TEST--- No Data ---
Aire Sur L'Adour9/21---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/23F 25 h 15 mULTRAVIOLET EXPERIMENT35 miles W of Pecos, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/2313 h 40 mFAR INFRARED EXPERIMENT15 miles SW of Waco, Texas, US
Aire Sur L'Adour9/24---SPECTROMETER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/2822 hHEXE (High Energy X-Ray Experiment)32 miles SW of Dalhart, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)9/28F 26 hXG EXPERIMENT20 miles SE of Portales, NeW Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)9/295 h 15 mBIMS (Balloon Borne Ion Mass Spectrometer)16 miles NE of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, US
Sanriku9/29---OBSERVATION OF STRATOSPHERIC OZONE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)9/30---COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTBalloon failure at 53.000 ft. Landing 8 miles SW of Alto, Texas, US
Sanriku9/30~ 30 hHECRO 81 (High Energy primary Cosmic Ray Observation)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)10/1---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)10/7---CHLORINE ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTSBalloon failure at launch
Holloman AFB (NM)10/76 h 15 mSCRIBE (Stratospheric CRyogenic Interferometer Balloon Experiment)39 miles NE of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/854 h 30 mCHLORINE ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTS21 miles NE of Farmington, Missouri, US
Aire Sur L'Adour10/8---CRYOGENIC SAMPLER (KFA)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/10---JACEE 3 (Japanese-American Collaborative Emulsion Experiment) - FailureAborted Flight
Aire Sur L'Adour10/17---PACIMS (Passive Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry)--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)10/19F 7 h 54 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES28 miles SW of Longview, Texas, US
Palestine (TX)10/1918 h 10 mCOSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION22 miles N of Greenwood, Mississippi, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/204 h 15 mPAYLOAD UNKNOWN13.5 miles SE of Roswell, New Mexico, US
Holloman AFB (NM)10/27---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Holloman AFB (NM)11/2---ASHCAN--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/410 h 20 mNO/NO2 CHEMILUMINESCENCE DETECTOR + UV O3 PHOTOMETER25 miles S of Monroe, Louisiana, US
Palestine (TX)11/4~ 12.00 hRADIOMETER 90 GHZ6 miles SE of Leaksville, Mississippi, US
Laramie (WY)11/51 h 30 mAEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Nagashima11/1084 h 31 mDOUBLE EAGLE V (Abruzzo - Aoki - Clark - Newman)Near Covelo, California, US
Alice Springs11/1024 h 30 mUCR GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)11/20F 8 h 30 mENGINEERING TEST FLIGHT3 miles S of Clinton, Louisiana, US
Alice Springs11/2019 hLEGS (Low Energy Gamma-ray Spectrometer)300 miles W of Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs11/2130 h 5 mBELL/SANDIA GAMMA RAY TELESCOPE311 miles WNW of Alice Springs, Australia
S.J.dos Campos (SP)11/287 hMASER 24,5 ghzIn Manuel - Sao Paulo
Laramie (WY)11/30---OZONE DETECTORS TEST--- No Data ---
Alice Springs12/1---COSMIC RAY EXPERIMENTBalloon failure
Alice Springs12/1F 12 hCOSMIC RAY EXPERIMENT--- No Data ---
Alice Springs12/1F 10 h 10 mUTIC 81 (University of Tasmania / Imperial College 1981)--- No Data ---
Laramie (WY)12/7---AEROSOL COUNTER--- No Data ---
Palestine (TX)12/9F 4 h 40 mATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES21 miles of Natchez, Mississippi, US
S.J.dos Campos (SP)12/185 h 43 mX-RAY DETECTOR--- No Data ---

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