|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.