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3 DOF Gyroscope

Advanced platform for aerospace modelling and control research

Aerospace Control Electromechanical Control

The principles demonstrated by the Quanser 3 DOF Gyroscope are relevant in technologies used to control orientation in sea, air and space vehicles. Extensive applications of the 3 DOF Gyroscope include altitude control, momentum wheel control, navigation, satellite orientation
and auto-pilot systems. Furthermore, gyroscopic sensors are now found in a wide range of technical devices such as smart phones, tablets, video game controllers, and so on. Your students can cultivate a deep understanding of control theories through real-life applications.


Product Details

The 3 DOF Gyroscope consists of a disk mounted inside an inner gimbal which in turn is mounted inside an outer gimbal. The entire structure is supported by a rectangular frame that is free to rotate about its vertical axis of using a slip ring design. The gimbals are also equipped with slip rings, allowing them to rotate freely and giving the disk three degrees of freedom. The plant is equipped with four DC motors and four encoders, with the ability to fix individual axis. Axes positions are measured using high-resolution optical encoders. Although the gimbals and outer frame are free to rotate, the plant provides the ability to fix any desired axis (outer frame, red and blue gimbals).

  • 4 DOF sensed and 4 DOF actuated (over-actuated) system
  • Multi-coloured yaw, roll and pitch axes for easy distinction
  • Mechanically balanced through the entire workspace
  • High-resolution optical encoders for accurate measurement
  • Slip rings provide infinite continuous motion in each DOF
  • Direct drive actuation to achieve negligible friction on all axes
  • Precise, stiff and heavy-duty machined components
Dimensions (W x L x H) 70 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm
Total mass 27.3 kg
Disc encoder resolution (in quadrature) 4096 count/rev
Gimbal / frame resolution (in quadrature) 4000 count/rev
Disk motor output power 44.5 W
Gimbal / frame motors output power 266 W
Rotor mass 1.91 kg
Rotor diameter 0.152 m
Rotor thickness 0.0127 m

The following additional components are required to complete your workstation, and are sold separately:

For Simulink

  • QUARC® add-on for MATLAB®/Simulink®
  • Quanser AMPAQ-L4 linear current amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe


  • Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping (Q-RCP) Toolkit® add-on for NI LabVIEW™
  • Quanser AMPAQ-L4 linear current amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • NI CompactRIO with four Quanser Q1-cRIO modules
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe

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