RCbenchmark is a Canadian company located in Gatineau, Quebec. The company was created by two students from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Since then, the company has grown to 8 employees working full time.
During their master’s thesis, Charles and Dominic designed a small reconnaissance helicopter drone piloted remotely. During the design process, they encountered a big challenge: their flight time very low due to the inefficient propulsion system of the drone.
In order to improve their helicopter’s performances, they designed a thrust stand capable of measuring both the thrust and the torque generated by a single 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 drive train ended up doubling the flight time!
This is how they realized that many other UAV designers needed the tools to make their design fly longer. RCbenchmark was born a few months later.
We are now proud to offer a large range of professional testing equipment for all sizes of UAVs. We have sold our products to hundreds of companies around the world, including start-ups and large companies.
We are the world leader in UAV propulsion testing, and we intend to replicate this success in the electric aircraft propulsion market.
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Since 2014, we have sold more than 1000 unites of our Series 1580/1585. In 2016, we have released the Series 1780 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 have just made our tests with the 1585 – Test bench.
Everything went very fine and we are extremely satisfied and content with this test bench.
Thank you for all your support!"
Engineer of the City Airbus project
We support multiple UAS competitions across North America such as Unmanned System Canada or SAE Aero Design.
It's important for us to see students using our products as they are the future generation of engineers and scientists who are going to work in the UAS industry.
Our range of thrust stands is also a very good way to learn about how to design a drone and most particularly their propulsion systems. As we want to educate on this topic, we have released a thrust stand Education Kit which allows to learn more about propeller and electric motor testing.