Despite (or perhaps because of) Google’s flirtation with satellite launching company acquisitions such as the recently announced Skybox Imaging company Project Loon is alive and well and helping some school kids in Brazil.
Skybox Imaging basically can provide HD quality video from space following the launch of their SkySat 1 back in November last year using a Russian dnepr rocket from the Yasny launch base which is just to the north of Kazakhstan.
The Wall Street Journal have been reviewing their crystal ball and found that “… by 2016 or so, Skybox will be able to take full images of the Earth twice a day, at a resolution that until last week was illegal to sell commercially—all with just a half-dozen satellites. By the time its entire fleet of 24 satellites has launched in 2018, Skybox will be imaging the entire Earth at a resolution sufficient to capture, for example, real-time video of cars driving down the highway. And it will be doing it three times a day.”
Project Loon is Google’s high altitude balloon system for bringing the internet to the unconnected particularly in the southern hemisphere.
Here’s their video of the Brazilian test.