Bringing UAS to America's Skies


Pegasus UAS designed by CANVASS director Dr. John Valasek, the day of its inaugural flight at Riverside Range, 2012

The Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems is joint venture of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and the Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering (COE). CANVASS is a multi-laboratory center with investigators in various COE departments administered through the Aerospace Engineering Department (AED). CANVASS facilitates engineering education and is a major conduit for the autonomous- systems engineering workforce of Texas. Its primary research interest is unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

CANVASS comprises the following.

  • Riverside Range: Outdoor facilities at the Texas A&M University's Riverside Campus in Bryan, Texas
  • Unmanned Flight Laboratory
  • Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory
  • Helicopter Unmanned Systems Laboratory
  • Land, Air and Space Robotics Laboratory
  • AggieSat Laboratory
  • Disaster City

CANVASS allows an orderly progression from indoor on-campus labs to initial TRL7 testing and a gateway to other larger, full-scale test ranges.

CANVASS research activities develop innovative, synergistic strategies for the design, analysis, control, validation and verification of complex autonomous vehicle and sensor systems operating in challenging environments.

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