Microsoft is looking to put Azure in the clouds soon, via an experiment relying on a distributed computing framework called Project Orleans, a straightforward approach to building distributed interactive applications without the need to learn complex programming patterns for handling concurrency, fault tolerance, and resource management. Redmond will accomplish this feat by sending a balloon loaded with sensors and cameras into the stratosphere. The sensors and cameras which are connected to the Azure IoT platform will send real-time telemetry and even text messages along with live flight video.
Dubbed Pegasus II, the experiment will succeed the initial Pegasus I that was successfully launched February 2015. Even though Pegasus I was successful, it lacked a complete IoT platform including Azure IoT Hub, Event Hubs, Stream Analytics, and Power BI, all of which are included in Pegasus II. The balloon was initially slated to go up February 22, 2016, but was delayed due to the malfunctioning of an air pressure sensor. Now that had been fixed and Microsoft is all ready to launch Pegasus II, but has yet to announce a new date. For those who want to keep up on this topic, you can do so here.