I think it’s fairly common in engineering to give beat-up prototypes and vehicles a warrior’s sendoff by making it do things you would never do with a new one. Tinycopter was pretty much a wreck already going into this “test”. The carbon fiber booms were splitting, the props were again cracked and taped together, and the four silicone tubing standoffs had mostly sheared through, causing the whole board to become very wobbly. It was almost impossible to control, a fact visible by the constant pendulum-ing seen in the video.
Since I was going to have to rebuild it from scratch anyway, and everyonearoundme was building tesla coils, the choice of final voyage was clear.
Except it survived fine. The damage in fact was all mechanical – it flew fine after the first strike, and was just too broken to do so successfully afterwards. Avoiding the Ship of Theseus problem, Tinycopter’s control board will be retained and used for the frame rebuild.