TruWeather Solutions Prototypes Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure
Simulation of TruWeather’s Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling of winds around Hampton City architecture is provided by Envision Innovative Solutions (envision-is.com).
Phase II NASA SBIR Selected to Enhance Weather Sensing Infrastructure for Urban Advanced Air Mobility Operations
Reston, VA – TruWeather Solutions (TWS), a Northern Virginia based company, has been awarded and is at the inception of a NASA funded Phase II (750,000) SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contract for Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure Testbed in Hampton, Virginia. TruWeather, along with key industry partners, Hampton University, and the City of Hampton, VA will develop a NASA-funded urban weather testbed to demonstrate delivery of more granular weather data and forecast services for low altitude urban and suburban flight to enable weather aware Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations and the AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) industry.
The Hampton testbed aims to advance next-generation weather services required to safely scale profitable UAS and AAM services. The project will take place in a very diverse and challenging weather environment. TruWeather’s goal is to offer a robust urban wind and weather measurement, behavior, and Wind Hazard Information Location (WHILS) prediction service that is scalable to any urban area in the world. It will deliver Elevated Weather Intelligence via software-as-a-service.
TruWeather is partnering with world class science, technology, engineering companies and university researchers to close weather data voids and overcome traditional modeling and computer processing commercialization hurdles. The difference, beyond the TruWeather service and others, is in the ground-based weather sensor systems that collect a greater amount of weather measurements with high enough spatial coverage and rapid refresh in the low altitude environment. Two innovative MetroWeather Doppler Lidars, from Kyoto-based venture MetroWeather, Inc., will provide “MRI-like” wind and potential cloud height information covering over 30-40area miles and up to 6,000 feet above the ground. The test bed will integrate observations from these lidars, 30 ground sensors, satellite data and potentially a radar to provide services that will provide greater certainty about where and when it is safe for AAM vehicles to operate. The testbed and future systems will inform which routes will provide the most advantageous weather and inform locations selection for terminal operations. The service will enable improvement of UAS and e-VTOL power management, payload weight estimates, travel times and flight separation services to improve airspace traffic management and vertiport throughput allowing more aircraft to arrive and depart safely. The TruWeather services, once fully developed and operational, are planned to be commercially used by The Longbow Group in its PEGASUS Urban Airspace Monitoring and Control Center (UAMCC) to offer UAS and e-VTOL traffic management and vertiport services in Hampton Roads and beyond.
TruWeather continues to expand its portfolio of tools and expertise to enable safe UAS and AAM operations with consortium of world class partners and entrepreneurs including ResilienX, Spire Global, MetroWeather (Japan), Daniel H. Wagner Associates’, WeatherFlow-Tempest, The Longbow Group, and the Hampton University Severe Weather Research Center. TruWeather appreciates the support of the City of Hampton, Virginia, our businesses partners and government agencies that are working toward the creation of the testbed and enabling the installation of 30 micro-weather stations in the downtown district.
The SBIR program and the support of NASA makes this possible. The program is very competitive and provides funding for companies to solve problems, accelerate science, and bring new products or services to market. “We need an adaptive, affordable sensor array to complement weather satellites and weather radar technology and to provide more accurate data to train machine learning models to reliably provide the operational picture required to safely navigate the urban airspace.” said Don Berchoff, TruWeather CEO and former National Weather Service Director for Science and Technology. “We are taking a broader view of this work and also examining how cities can use urban micro weather data collection as part of SMART City initiatives to serve air quality and green energy building management, emergency services and other functions within a city that are impacted by micro-weather on a street-by-street level.
Hampton Mayor, Donnie Tuck: “Through its relationship with NASA LaRC (Langley Research Center), Hampton has been in the forefront of innovation, and is a national hub for unmanned systems. We are proud to partner with TruWeather as they develop and hone cutting-edge weather technology.”
TruWeather is a global leader in UAS weather innovation for mission critical decisions and operations. TruWeather has an expert analytics system that can easily plug and play new weather sensors, commercial weather data or proprietary micro-scale predictions required to fly uncrewed aircraft long distances BVLOS. To ensure all TruWeather and partner sensor data are reliable, TruWeather partnered with ResilienX on a second NASA Phase II SBIR project to further develop ResilienX’s Weather Sensor Data Monitoring (WSDM) Service, which TruWeather will offer as a service. TruWeather also is supporting Daniel H. Wagner Associates and University of North Dakota in an AFWERXS Phase II STTR Weather Scout Project that seeks to use novel sensors to detect icing and turbulence on a mobile platform at stand-off distance.
Hampton’s initial placement of WeatherFlow – Tempest Sensor located at the Old Point National Bank, Queen Street. And
About TruWeather Solutions – TruWeather is a leading innovator in micro-weather sensing, modeling, and decision insights for weather-sensitive government activities, industries, and companies. Weather is one of the greatest risks in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystem. Low-level winds, low visibility, icing, and low cloud heights can impact operations regularly. Since current data collection and forecasting methods are not granular enough to routinely capture weather that impacts low-level flight operations, TruWeather focuses on more serviceable micro-weather data for improved flight-time, battery life, and revenue generation per airframe, especially in edge case weather conditions. TruWeather’s V360 data analytics platform is one of the few, if not only, micro-weather platform that can plug and play new sensor data, government data and crowd-sourced data on a single web application platform or API. They lead with full spectrum low altitude weather data and are changing the paradigm for how micro-weather is used to optimize UAS flight ops. For more information, contact Lisa Tinnesz, [email protected] or truweathersolutions.com
About Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc – Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc., combines our advanced analytic expertise with the client’s knowledge base to create innovative algorithms and state-of-the-art software solutions to operational problems, providing a competitive advantage for the customer. Wagner Associates maintains a technical staff of the highest quality that designs, develops, implements, markets, and provides training for custom scientific software. We provide highly effective and useful solutions to complex and technically challenging operational problems for defense and non-defense customers. Wagner Associates is particularly experienced at implementing sophisticated mathematical algorithms in software modules that can be used effectively in real-world operations. We work closely with our customers to ensure that their needs are satisfied and that they can effectively utilize our software products in performing their mission and achieving their goals. For more information, visit www.wagner.com
About Hampton, VA – Hampton is a diverse city of 137,000, located in southeastern Virginia bordering the Chesapeake Bay. The oldest continuously occupied city in the original 13 Colonies, Hampton has remained in the forefront of innovation and is home to both the first U.S. airbase and the first NASA Center.
About Hampton University — Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education. For more than 150 years, it has been dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. It emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission.
About The Longbow Group LLC – The Longbow Group (LONGBOW) is an international commercial aviation company based in Hampton Virginia. The company is working with NASA, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), Hampton University, City of Hampton, and various industry partners to build up the necessary infrastructure to support Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) UAS Operations and enable Urban Aviation. Together with support of Hampton University, the company created the first of its kind PEGASUS Urban Airspace Monitoring and Control Center at the Harbour Centre in Downtown Hampton with a State-of-the-art Raytheon Skyler Radar providing airspace situational awareness. LONGBOW also has a NASA Space-Act Agreement to develop BVLOS flight corridors and support NASA’s High Density Vertiplex (HDV) research as well as a NASA’s System Wide Safety evaluation of prognostic services for autonomous air vehicles in urban environments. For more information, visit thelongbowgroup.com.
About MetroWeather Co., Ltd. – Established in 2015 as a venture company originated from Kyoto University, MetroWeather has successfully developed a Doppler lidar with an observation distance of more than 15 kilometers in a 0.65 cubic meter form factor. MetroWeather’s success largely owes to the innovative technology to detect small signals in predominantly noisy data sets, which was originally achieved as a result of years of research at Kyoto University. This has enabled MetroWeather to make Doppler lidars without necessarily relying on expensive, high-specification and large-size components. MetroWeather is actively advancing further development on its products and businesses in order to position Doppler lidars as an essential infrastructure for the coming wide-scale deployment of commercial Air Mobility. For more information, visit www.metroweather.jp/en/
About ResilienX – ResilienX is a software company developing safety assurance solutions for autonomous ecosystems. Their FRAIHMWORK software platform monitors the heath, integrity and performance of the systems involved in scaled BVLOS operations, helping organizations meet the FAA’s requirements around Associated Elements (i.e., …in-service monitoring criteria to detect out-of-compliance performance and initiate corrective action…). Founded in 2018 in Syracuse, NY, they are focused on ensuring the safe integration of UAS into existing airspace systems and transforming mobility around the world. www.resilienx.com. Contact Ryan Pleskach, [email protected].
About Spire Global, Inc. – Spire (NYSE: SPIR) is a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, offering access to unique datasets and powerful insights about Earth from the ultimate vantage point so that organizations can make decisions with confidence, accuracy, and speed. Spire uses one of the world’s largest multipurpose satellite constellations to source hard to acquire, valuable data and enriches it with predictive solutions. Spire then provides this data as a subscription to organizations around the world so they can improve business operations, decrease their environmental footprint, deploy resources for growth and competitive advantage, and mitigate risk. Spire gives commercial and government organizations the competitive advantage they seek to innovate and solve some of the world’s toughest problems with insights from space. Spire has offices in San Francisco, Boulder, Washington DC, Ontario, Glasgow, Oxfordshire, Luxembourg, and Singapore. To learn more, visit www.spire.com
About WeatherFlow-Tempest – WeatherFlow-Tempest Inc. is a technology company reshaping the private sector weather industry. Its mission is to help mitigate and control the enormous cost of weather on business and daily life. WeatherFlow-Tempest combines robust, real-time observational data and high-resolution modeling with the latest machine learning techniques, resulting in the highest quality observational and forecast model data for surface and near-surface conditions. This expertise has enabled the innovative company to fill data needs for UAS operations, most notably for both take-off and BLVOS flights. For more information, please visit weatherflow.com.