Saturday, January 15, 2011

How does a Black Box Work?

Ever wondered how a Black box is engineered in order to survive the most horrific situations and provide valuable data to investigators?

As you probably already know, a Black Box (which is actually called a flight data recorder)  is usually painted in a bright highly-visible color for obvious reasons.

Although we can now rely in more advanced and rugged digital data storage devices, how do you think they did it back when analog storage systems reigned supreme?
They actually "wrote" the info to Inconel, a superalloy steels that is used in furnaces and others extreme environments.

You can see it for yourself in the following video:

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