The Texas A&M University System is building an innovation complex like no other in the United States. It will be a prime high-tech prototyping center for the U.S. Army, and a hub for collaborative research, testing, evaluation and development of new hardware, components and systems.
The Innovation Proving Ground will be an outdoor test site for a wide range of experiments. The emphasis initially is expected to be on autonomous aerial, ground and subterranean vehicles and the variety of systems, equipment and instruments needed to operate them in battlefield-like conditions.
Moving at hypersonic speed—five times faster than the speed of sound—comes with a variety of challenges. Researchers at Texas A&M will be addressing these challenges through a combination of sophisticated mathematical computer modeling and cutting-edge experimentation to accurately predict maneuverability and survivability.
To move technology into the marketplace faster, Texas A&M is testing a process called “Agile Technology Development.” Based on principles used extensively in the software industry, the Agile approach is intended to discover and nurture new technologies quickly, bringing various products to the prototyping stage.
Texas A&M University is taking a lead role in laser research through its agreement with Army Futures Command. Texas A&M engineers are trying to create a new method for dealing with the refraction of lasers as they race through the atmosphere.
The scorching heat caused by speeds exceeding Mach 5 radically alters how different materials tolerate collision. Texas A&M, through its partnership with Army Futures Command, is working to mitigate damage from extreme speed blasts and shock waves.
Today’s warriors expect to go into battle with reliable communications systems, but that can be a problem in harsh environments. To address these challenges, Texas A&M is opening an outdoor testing site for U.S. researchers to test communications systems in a battlefield setting.
The Bush family has a deep love of Texas A&M and the state of Texas. That’s why Texas A&M is the home of President George H.W. Bush’s presidential library and museum, and the world-renowned Bush School of Government and Public Service, named in his honor.
Dr. M. Katherine Banks shares her thoughts on the innovation and research being conducted at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex and how The Texas A&M University System is uniquely positioned to be a leader in providing technologies for the country’s national defense needs.
The Bush Combat Development Complex recently hosted events demonstrating Texas A&M System researchers’ advancements in land and air autonomous vehicles. State and national government officials also continue to express their excitement and support for the BCDC and its role in helping the Army advance its goals of modernization.