Recommended Skill Levels: Technical College, University

Learning Topics: Aerospace, Autonomous Vehicles, Controls Engineering, Drones, Engineering, Robotics

Product Types: Research, Training Equipment

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QDrone by Quanser is an open-architecture autonomous quadrotor drone designed for teaching and research. Equipped with a powerful on-board NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX system-on-module (SOM), multiple high resolution cameras and built-in WiFi, this drone is tuned to accelerate your innovation in multi-agent, swarm, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and vision-based applications.

Learning & Research Outcomes

The QDrone is accompanied by extensive courseware for teaching undergraduate and advanced robotics and mechatronics courses. The courseware laboratory exercises are organized in a set of independent modules, allowing professors to select and adapt them easily for an existing course, or build a new course.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Forward and inverse differential kinematics
  • Dead reckoning and odometric localization
  • Path planning and obstacle avoidance
  • 2D mapping and occupancy grid map
  • Image acquisition, processing and reasoning
  • High-level control architecture of mobile robots
  • Vision-guided vehicle control

QDrone Product Details

The QDrone comes as a standalone aerial drone with a wide range of features, including:

  • 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
  • 8GB 128-bit LPDDR4x RAM
  • Expandable I/O (see spec sheet for details)
  • Camera and vision systems including Intel® RealSense™ ((D435), Omnivision OV9281, Sony IMX219
  • Onboard sensors (2x 6-DOF IMU, optical flow sensor, ToF height sensor)
  • Impact-resistant carbon fiber frame

The QDrone is also part of the Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio from Quanser. Click here to learn more about this system.

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More about the QDrone:

  • QDrone Data Sheet
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    Video Resources
    Introducing the Quanser Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio
    QDrone for Research Applications
    Flying QDrone manually
    Introducing the Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio