RCbenchmark is a Canadian aerospace company located in Gatineau, Quebec. The company was created by two Master's students from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Since then, the company has grown to 10 employees working full time. During their Master’s thesis, Charles and Dominic designed a small reconnaissance drone helicopter. During the design process, they encountered a big challenge: their flight time was very low due to the drone's inefficient propulsion system. In order to improve their helicopter’s performance, they designed a test stand capable of measuring both the thrust and the torque generated by the propeller. They tested different combinations of brushless motors and propellers until they came up with a much better electric propulsion system. The increased efficiency of the drivetrain ended up doubling their flight time!
After their success, many colleagues showed interest in their invention and they realized that UAV designers needed tools like theirs. RCbenchmark was born a few months later and has since become the world leader in UAV propulsion testing. The company now offers a wide range of professional testing tools for all sizes of UAVs. Hundreds of companies around the world have benefited from their products, from new start-ups to large companies alike.
Our mission is to provide electric aircraft designers with the best professional testing equipment for optimizing their propulsion systems.
Our vision is to be the world leader in safe and efficient propulsion testing for all electric aircraft.
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Since 2014, we have sold more than 1000 units of our Series 1580/1585 test stand. In 2016, we released the Series 1780 test stand and we have sold it to more than 100 companies already.
Most of our customers are drone designers and we have the same dreams: make the drone revolution happen and see more electric powered vehicles in the sky.
Our goal is to provide them with the best, professional testing equipment to test and optimize their propulsion system.
"The 1780 has been a great piece of equipment. I discovered your low cost sUAS propeller test stand at AUVSI and I think you guys have done an outstanding job bringing this tool to the sUAS research and development community. Keep up the great work!"
NASA Langley Research Center
We support multiple UAS competitions across North America such as Unmanned System Canada and SAE Aero Design.
It is important for us to see students succeeding as they are the future engineers and scientists who will be at work in the UAS industry.
Our test stands are also very helpful for learning about drone design and propulsion systems in particular. Since we are committed educating on this topic, we have released an Education Kit which allows to learn more about propeller and electric motor testing.