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
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

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


  • 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)

Product Details

Base dimensions (W x D x H) 17.8 cm x 17.8 cm x 7 cm
Device height 35.6 cm (with propeller in horizontal position)
Device length 51 cm
Device mass 3.6 kg
Propeller diameter 12.7 cm
Yaw angle range 360º
Elevation angle range 124º (± 62º from horizontal) half-quadrotor configuration
Pitch encoder resolution (in quadrature) 2048 counts/revolution
Yaw/travel encoder resolution (in quadrature) 4096 counts/revolution
Pitch / yaw motor resistance 15.6 Ω
Pitch / yaw current torque constant 57.7 Nm/A
Tri-axis gyroscope range ± 245 dps
Tri-axis accelerometer range ± 2g
QFLEX 2 interface options:
– QFLEX 2 Embedded
USB 2.0

Click here to view our comprehensive mapping tool which allows you to align courseware sections with specific chapters of the Experience Controls textbook app, as well as the most popular engineering textbooks such as:

Control Systems Engineering – N.S. Wise
Feedback Systems – K.J. Astrom & R.M. Murray
Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems – G.F. Franklin, J.D. Powell & A. Emami-Naeini
Modern Control Systems – R.C. Dorf & R.H. Bishop
Modern Control Engineering – K. Ogata
Automatic Control Systems – F. Golnaraghi & B.C. Kuo
Control Systems Engineering –  I.J. Nagrath & M. Gopal
Mechatronics – W. Bolton

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