Houston, we have a problem

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.

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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.

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