What is the BoxDAQ?

The BoxDAQ combines a commercial-grade GPS/INS, an AirDAQ receiver, a custom datalogger, and a rechargeable battery in a tiny, 4.7" x 2.2" x 1.4" box that can be mounted to any aircraft in minutes using a common adhesive camera mount. It's one-stop-shopping for instrumentation of the following parameters:

  • Roll/pitch/heading
  • Roll/pitch/yaw rate
  • Latitude/longitude/altitude
  • 3-axis velocity (North-East-Down)
  • 3-axis acceleration (XYZ)

High-Quality Data

The BoxDAQ uses an advanced GPS/INS with Kalman filtering to combine data from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis magnetometer, and a GPS receiver. A low-pass filter is applied to the 800 Hz raw data to minimize the effects of airframe vibrations. Finally, the data is downsampled to get you a crisp, clean 50 Hz signal.

Tested For Acro

Flight-tested in an Extra 300L, the BoxDAQ has proven itself to be a robust data collection tool in the most challenging of environments. The BoxDAQ will reliably give you data through difficult maneuvers such as upright and inverted spins, snap rolls, and slaloms. Unlike many INS solutions, the BoxDAQ uses a 3-axis magnetometer to provide orientation information, meaning it won't get "confused" after spending some time upside down. It's the ultimate data collection solution for aerobatic aircraft.

Easy to Use

The BoxDAQ is installed in minutes using common adhesive camera mounts, and starts taking data as soon as it's turned on. After the flight, the BoxDAQ can be plugged in to any computer using a USB cable, and data can be downloaded in the form of a .CSV file for easy crunching.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions in inches

Dimensions in inches


  • Horizontal Position: 2.5 m RMS
  • Vertical Position: 5.0m RMS
  • Heading (dynamic): 0.3 deg RMS
  • Pitch/Roll (dynamic): 0.1 deg RMS

Output Data Rate: 50 Hz

Weight: 170g

Battery Life: 4 hours (nominal)

Recharge Time: 5 hours (nominal)


What Does the Data Look Like?

The BoxDAQ creates .CSV data files that can be easily imported into MATLAB, Excel, or other data processing tools. What happens next is up to you. Below are a few examples of things that we've done with BoxDAQ data.

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Acro, like you've never seen it before.

Using Scilab, and open source data tool, we looked at 3-axis acceleration, pitch angle, roll angle, and heading change through dynamic maneuvers such as snap rolls and slaloms. Since you can count on the BoxDAQ to get you crisp, clean, usable data right out of the gate, you'll spend less time troubleshooting data issues and more time learning from the data.

Data viz with a view.

We wrote a custom plug-in for X-Plane that allows us to visualize spin data from any viewpoint we like, taking all of the guesswork out of debriefing maneuvers. Rather than trying to describe what the airplane felt like, we offer a crystal-clear visual explanation that does all of the talking.

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Seamless Air Data

The BoxDAQ's integral AirDAQ receiver lets it log data from our Featherweight Air Data System with no additional configuration required. Together, this creates the most versatile inertial and air data acquisition solution in the industry. With the addition of a Featherweight Air Data Boom, the BoxDAQ will log the following additional parameters:

  • Static Pressure
  • Pitot Pressure
  • Angle-of-Attack
  • Angle-of-Sideslip

Ready for More?

The BoxDAQ is available for purchase in our online store. If you want to know more, email us at inquiries@spingarage.com with questions and comments!