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Air France Flight 447 Voice Data Recorder Found

Will take 8 to 10 days before analysis will begin

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Air France Flight 447 Voice Data Recorder Found

The New York Times and other news media are reporting that the second black box containing the voice data recorder from Air France Flight 447 has been found. The article reported that a spokeswoman for the French investigation bureau BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile) said that the voice data recorder's "... memory unit had been found still attached to its protective chassis and connected to its audio beacon."

The flight data recorder was found last week but it was initially missing its memory unit. The memory unit was found a few days later, although there are concerns that it may not be readable.

It will take another 8 to 10 days before the units will arrive at BEA for analysis.

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Technicians at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems facilities in Redondo Beach, Calif., work on a mockup of the JWST spacecraft bus—home of the observatory’s power, flight, data, and communications systems.


For a deep dive into the engineering behind the James Webb Space Telescope, see our collection of posts here.

When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) reveals its first images on 12 July, they will be the by-product of carefully crafted mirrors and scientific instruments. But all of its data-collecting prowess would be moot without the spacecraft’s communications subsystem.

The Webb’s comms aren’t flashy. Rather, the data and communication systems are designed to be incredibly, unquestionably dependable and reliable. And while some aspects of them are relatively new—it’s the first mission to use Ka-band frequencies for such high data rates so far from Earth, for example—above all else, JWST’s comms provide the foundation upon which JWST’s scientific endeavors sit.

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