Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Unisphere different from a weather provider?2024-04-10T09:21:27+02:00

Unisphere creates a digital twin of your planned drone flight and thus determines the weather-related feasibility of the flight along the entire flight route, using high-resolution weather data.

What does Unisphere offer?2024-04-10T11:01:49+02:00

Unisphere offers software as a service for drone flight planning based on weather data to make your drone flight safe and plannable.

Is there a Unisphere app?2024-04-10T11:01:30+02:00

There is currently no Unisphere app, however our applications are web-based and thus can also be used on mobile devices.

How do I find out the parameters for my drone?2024-04-10T11:01:34+02:00

The parameters for your drone can be found in the drone’s data sheet. If you do not have this at hand, contact the manufacturer.

Who is responsible if something happens despite a positive weather forecast?2024-04-10T09:24:51+02:00

The pilot must always check the weather conditions before take-off and decide for himself whether a flight is possible. Thus, the pilot is always responsible in the event of an accident, even if the weather forecast is positive.

Which parameters are considered with NOVA?2024-04-10T09:22:36+02:00

You can include the following parameters in your mission:

  • CAPE Index
  • Cloud Base
  • Cloud Ceiling
  • Cloud Coverage high
  • Cloud Coverage low
  • Cloud Coverage medium
  • Cloud Total Coverage
  • Cross Wind (right)
  • Dew Point
  • Effective Cloud Cover
  • Est. Runway Visual Range
  • Gust Factor
  • Head Wind
  • Icing Potential
  • KP-Index
  • Lifted Index
  • Rain Amount
  • Rain Probability
  • Relative Humidity
  • Spread (OAT-DP)
  • Temperature (OAT)
  • Thunderstorm Probability
  • Visibility
  • Wind Gust
  • Wind Speed
Is it possible to see the weather data in local time?2024-04-10T09:23:03+02:00

Currently, in NOVA cast the weather data are only available in UTC, whereas NOVA aware offers the possibility to change to local time zones.

How many mission forecasts can I create?2024-04-10T09:23:29+02:00

Each user can create 5 missions per application.

How does NOVA cast and NOVA aware differ?2024-04-10T09:23:46+02:00

With NOVA cast you receive an automatic evaluation of flight windows based on highly accurate weather data up to one week in advance for your drone flight planning. NOVA Aware creates Situational Awareness for operational conditions for the current and upcoming day by combining high-resolution weather models and weather observations incl. METAR/TAF.

Do I have a guarantee that I will be able to fly at the times indicated?2024-04-10T09:24:38+02:00

We cannot guarantee that a drone flight will be possible at the times indicated in our weather forecast. The pilot must always check and decide on the flight conditions before taking off the flight.

Can I use NOVA via API?2024-04-10T09:25:19+02:00

Currently not, but it is planned to be integrated in the future.

Can I use NOVA for any kind of aircraft?2024-04-10T09:24:24+02:00

Our focus lies on UAV flight planning, however the software can be used for any type of aircraft.

Can I try NOVA for free?2024-04-10T09:23:16+02:00

We offer a 30-day free trial period for both of our drone flight planning software NOVA cast and NOVA aware.

Can I select any number of parameters for a mission forecast?2024-04-10T09:25:05+02:00

You can select as many parameters as you need from the list of possible parameters for your mission forecast.

Can I get weather forecasts more than a week in advance?2024-04-10T09:24:13+02:00

Sufficient accurate weather data can be predicted up to a maximum of one week in advance.

Can I buy NOVA cast and NOVA aware as a bundle?2024-04-10T09:24:00+02:00

With NOVA you can use the functions of NOVA cast and NOVA aware.

What makes your services more accurate than others?2024-04-10T09:25:52+02:00

We use high-resolution weather models combined with an additional downscaling of the original grid size to achieve a further improvement in accuracy. The downscaling is performed by considering local weather variables (e.g., surface temperature and precipitation) and applying such relationships to the results of global weather models.

What is the update frequency of the weather data?2024-04-10T11:05:18+02:00

Our Weather forecasts are updated four times a day. This is the same Update rate as most of the large global weather models. In NOVA aware METARs and TAFs are checked every five minutes and directly updated if changes occur.

Is the weather data available worldwide?2024-04-10T09:25:36+02:00

Our weather data is available on a global scale.

Is the weather at the altitude of my drone application available?2024-04-10T11:03:57+02:00

Our services provide weather information from ground to 20000 m (65 000 ft).

How reliable is the weather data used?2024-04-10T11:04:44+02:00

We use a mixed model approach, where proven weather models are applied depending on the location to gain the highest possible forecast accuracy. This enables high reliability. However, 100% reliability can not be guaranteed.

How accurate is the resolution of the weather data?2024-04-10T09:26:08+02:00

We achieve resolutions down to 90m. However, depending on the region and available weather model the resolution can vary.

Does your weather model consider obstacles?2024-04-10T11:04:57+02:00

Our weather model considers terrain contours on a larger scale such as mountains. Smaller elevations like buildings or vegetation are not considered.

Do you use weather data from weather stations?2024-04-10T11:04:15+02:00

NOVA cast only uses weather model data for the evaluation. NOVA aware additionally provides Observation data from METARs.

Do you use hyperlocal weather data?2024-04-10T11:04:34+02:00

We do not use hyperlocal weather data, as these are not available everywhere and sufficiently.

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