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 www.QuanserShare.com
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) 512 counts/revolution
Yaw/travel encoder resolution (in quadrature) 1024 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 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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