The good news is that the One Dollar Robot exceeded all expectations regarding duration of flight. The bad news is that it was a wheeled rover and shouldn’t have left the ground at all. Unfortunately, a brief moment of inattention plus an open door to the basement stairs resulted in a high speed launch followed soon after by a catastrophic landing.
What a bummer. I had spent a successful evening building a new control circuit with several new features. I was just about ready to call this rover a success since it met all my design goals. The good news is that the Arduino came through without a scratch and the motors and gears are still usable. Perhaps these components will be adapted to a new, improved rover. Keep an eye out for the Phoenix Rover, risen from the ashes and/or shards of plastic.