Why Should We Still Have to Retrieve Black Boxes from Airplane Crashes?

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Does anyone know why the information being recorded by the ‘black box’ and the cockpit voice recorder cannot be streamed to an offsite storage site? It seems to me that there ought to be a way to do this even from remote mid-ocean flight routes. We wouldn’t have to wait for the searchers or the divers to locate the devices in the wreckage. I’m sure there’s a good reason this isn’t being done; I just can’t imagine what it might be. Anyone?

3 thoughts on “Why Should We Still Have to Retrieve Black Boxes from Airplane Crashes?

  1. My question exactly. It seems like such a 20th century solution. Why can’t they have instant sattelite transmission?

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  2. Maybe it’s like security videos at malls — so many millions of hours being generated all the time, and you only need the information now and then, so it’s not worth storing the deluge of unused stuff. Maybe transmission would be technologically pricey (although in the era of online wireless, maybe not?) or heavy (think how much of smart phone size is the antenna), or maybe there’s real-time information coming from mechanical sources that… I dunno. Interesting question!!

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    1. It seems to me you could roll over the recording every 4-6 hours, so storage isnt that much of a concern. And could the antenna possibly be heavier than the recorder?

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