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The experiment is reconfigurable for various aerospace systems, from 1 DOF and 2 DOF helicopter to half-quadrotor. Integrating Quanser-developed QFLEX 2 computing interface technology, the Quanser AERO also offers flexibility in lab configurations, using a PC, or microcontrollers, such as NI myRIO, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. With the comprehensive course materials included, you can build a state-of-the-art teaching lab for your mechatronics or control courses, engage students in various design and capstone projects, and validate your research concepts on a high-quality, robust, and precise platform.

Compact and integrated system
High-efficiency coreless DC motors
High resolution optical encoder
Pitch & yaw axes and DC motors/rotors speed measurements through digital tachometer
Built-in voltage amplifier with integrated current sensor
Integrated data acquisition (DAQ) device
Flexible QFLEX 2 computing interface for USB and SPI connections
User-controllable tri-color LED,Easy-connect cables and connectors
Open architecture design, allowing users to design their own controller
Fully compatible with MATLAB®/Simulink® and LabVIEW™
Fully documented system models and parameters provided for MATLAB®/Simulink®, LabVIEW™
ABET-aligned, modular, digital media courseware provided for the Quanser AERO USB
Microcontroller examples and interfacing datasheet provided for the Quanser AERO Embedded
Additional community-created resources available on

ABET-aligned Instructor and Student Workbooks with complete lab exercises, covering topics
  • Hardware integration
  • Single propeller speed control
  • 1 DOF attitude control configuration
    • PID control
    • Iintroduction to IMU
    • Modeling and model validation using transfer function
    • System identification
    • Gain scheduling
Laboratory Guides with modeling and control design examples
  • 2 DOF helicopter configuration
    • Modeling
    • Linear state-space representation
    • State-feedback control
    • Coupled dynamics
  • Half-quadrotor configuration
    • Modeling
    • Simple yaw control
    • Kalman filter


  • QUARC® add-on for MATLAB®/Simulink®

For NI myRIO QFLEX Panel

  • NI myRIO embedded device

For Embedded QFLEX Panel

  • Microprocessor (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi)

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