The Center for Autonomous Systems & Technologies (CAST) stimulates interdisciplinary research and the open exchange of ideas in the expanding area of autonomous drones, robots, and satellites for use in science, industry, and medicine. A renovation of the first floor of the 1940s-era von Kármán Building, at the heart of CAST is a 3-story tall, open-air drone testing arena and observation deck, formed by covering an existing courtyard.
This dynamic space provides researchers a place to demonstrate their ideas under variable environmental conditions. Testing in the arena is supported by indoor “maker and marker-spaces”, shared by researchers, students, and industry partners
Center for Autonomous Systems & Technologies
California Institute of Technology
“The facility is elegant yet understated and serves as the perfect backdrop for the scientist[s] to present and show off their cutting-edge research projects. I am proud to be a member of this team.”Bart Hale, Lead Project Manager, California Institute of Technology
- ENR California, 2018 Best Project Award