The Secret Sauce of an Airplane's Black Box

A flight data recorder—the "black box" in every commercial airplane—is a crucial tool for dissecting what went wrong in the aftermath of a crash. Here's the key to its survival. » 1/10/11 9:20am 1/10/11 9:20am

Online Flight Data Recorder: Best Idea In a Long Time

Every time there's an airplane crash and they can't find the flight data recorder I ask the same question: Why don't they transmit all the data and record it in a server in real time? That's what Iridium thinks too. » 7/22/10 11:20am 7/22/10 11:20am

A Look at the Mysterious 'Black Box'

Any time a plane goes down, the black box recorder, once again, becomes a mythical machine whispered about in the back alleys of news broadcasts. So Wired assembled a technological rundown on the device. » 3/06/09 2:40pm 3/06/09 2:40pm