At the center of the research studio are two autonomous vehicles for air and ground: the QDrone 2 and QBot 3. The successor of the QBall 2, the QDrone 2 is a quadrotor air vehicle equipped with powerful on-board NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX SOM, multiple high-resolution cameras and integrated sensors. On the ground, the QBot 3 is an innovative open-architecture autonomous ground robot, equipped with a wide range of built-in sensors and a vision system. Working individually or in a swarm, these are the ideal vehicles for your research applications.


  • QDrone 2
  • QBot  Platform (optional)

Control Ground Station

  • High-performance computer
    • Intel® Core i7
    • NVIDIA RTX Graphics card
    • 32 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Three monitors
  • USB flight controller joystick
  • High performance router


Studio Equipment

  • Natural Point Optitrack Flex 13
  • Battery chargers
  • Protective net
  • Protective floor tiles

Product Details

QDrone 2

Visit the QDrone 2 product page for more details.

Dimensions 50 x 50 x 15 cm
Weight (with batteries)  ~1500 g
Max Payload  ~300 g
Power 4S 14.8V LiPo (3700mAh) with XT60 connector
Flight time 7-8 minutes for hover per battery charge
Onboard Computer NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX SOM (powered by a 6-Core NVIDIA Carmel ARM v8.2 64-Bit processor)
384-core NVIDIA Volta GPU with 48 Tensor Cores
8 GB 128-bit LPDDR4x RAM
Expandable I/O PWM (2x)
UART (2x)
SPI (2x SS pins )
I² (2x)
ADC (1x)
Encoder input (2x)
Intel® RealSense™ ((D435) Depth sensing: (3 metre range)
RGB (1920X1080) @ 30 FPS)
Omnivision OV9281 Grayscale (1280×800 @ 120 FPS or 640×480 @ 180 FPS)
Sony IMX219 3x RGB CSI 160 deg FOV wide angle lenses Cameras providing side and back view
21 FPS to 120 FPS
On board sensors 2x 6-DOF IMU (gyroscope and accelerometer), 1x Optical Flow sensor, 1x ToF height sensor
Connectivity WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 867Mbps with dual antennas
1x Micro HDMI port for external monitor support
Supported Software and APIs
  • QUARC for Simulink
  • Quanser APIs
  • TensorFlow
  • TensorRT
  • Python™ 2.7 & 3
  • ROS 1 & 2
  • CUDA®
  • cuDNN
  • OpenCV
  • Deep Stream SDK
  • VisionWorks®
  • VPI™
  • GStreamer
  • Jeston Multimedia APIs
  • Docker Containers with GPU support
  • Simulink® with Simulink Code
  • Simulation and virtual training environments (Gazebo and
    Quanser Interactive Labs )
  • Multi-language development
  • supported with Quanser Stream
  • APIs for inter-process
  • Communication
  • Unreal Engine

QBot 3
Visit the QBot 3 product page for more details.

2-wheeled Kobuki base from Yujin Robot
QBot 3 diameter
35 cm
QBot 3 height
16 cm
Maximum linear speed
0.7 m/s
Available payload
app. 4.5 kg
Battery life
Maximum 3 hours
On-board computer
Raspberry Pi 4B 4GB
Camera resolution
1080p @ 30Hz, 720p @ 30Hz, 480p @ 60Hz
Depth resolution
 720p @ 30Hz, 480p @ 60Hz
Depth range
0.5 to 12 m
LCD module
32 characters (16 per line)
On-board sensors
3 digital bump sensors
2 digital wheel drop sensors
3 cliff sensors
1 3-axis gyrosc0pe
2 analog motor current sensors
1 Z-axis angle measurement (heading)
2 multicolor programmable LEDs
18 IR dock sensors (dock not included)
2 encoders
3 digital buttons
2 over current sensors
1 battery voltage sensor
1 Intel RealSense D415 sensor
1 charger
1 speaker
Additional I/O channels
28 reconfigurable digital I/O channels, including
2 SPI bus channels
      1 I2C serial bus channel
      2 PWM output channels
      1 UART serial port (interface 3.3 V serial device)
Additional Connectivity
2 USB 3.0 user ports
4 USB 2.0 user ports
1 MIPI DSI display port for touch screen
1 gigabit Ethernet port
1 MIPI CSI camera port
40-pin I/O header


Computer Station Intel Core i7 processor
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB GDDR5 with support for 3 monitors
Two Gigabit Ethernet ports
Windows 10 Pro
Keyboard and mouse
Monitors 3x 24” LED display – ASUS VE248H
Localization System Motion Capture System – Natural Point OptiTrack Flex 13 (6x) with camera mounts provided and Motive software (Motive 1.10.3 Final)
WiFi Router High-Performance Gigabit Wireless Router – NetGear NightHawk AC1900 (R7000)
Handset Controller Spektrum Radio SPMR1000 with USB dongle (SPM1000WS)
Protective Netting 10’ tall netting x 17’ length (default configuration)
Floor Mats 2’ x 2’ industrial foam mats (50x – default configuration)
Battery Charger Balancing charger (2x – One charger per QDrone) – G. T. Power A6 LiPo Battery Charger
Nominal Workspace 3m x 3m x 2m volume

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