Supernal invests in TruWeather Solutions
Supernal has made a minority investment in TruWeather Solutions’s as it plans to use its weather data analytics and forecasting in its eVTOL.
Supernal will pilot TruWeather’s V360° software-as-a-service in it’s vehicle and surrounding operations. V360° will provide Supernal with a view of low-altitude weather, allowing it to assess and predict weather conditions along, for example, flight paths. Supernal also plans to make the infrastructure available to the broader AAM community.
The technology delivers operators wind and weather updates every 15 minutes with tens of meters of grid resolution at and around vertiports. It also has over 1km resolution along flight corridors and captures the effects that buildings have on wind flow.
Adam Slepian, chief commercial officer, Supernal, said: “Supernal is pleased to incorporate TruWeather technology into our vehicle and operations testing as we work to make Advanced Air Mobility as safe and reliable as commercial aviation. The concept is simple: Better weather measurements mean better forecasts for AAM operations. TruWeather’s solution is advanced and can turn potential flight delays or cancellations into safe and timely passenger journeys for Supernal customers – and the entire industry.”
TruWeather has spent five years developing its micro-weather data collection technology and analytics for AAM. The firm conducts R&D at FAA-sanctioned UAS test ranges in four states across the US.
Don Berchoff, co-founder and CEO, TruWeather Solutions, said: “We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with one of the premier mobility service providers in the world to further accelerate our learning and enable Supernal’s success in building a safe, efficient business with an unparalleled passenger experience. Our job is to keep them flying safely and we know how to do that from a weather perspective with the help of our outstanding sensor and urban modelling partners.”