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.
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.
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.