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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Top Tech 2022: A Special Report

Preview two dozen exciting technical developments that are in the pipeline for the coming year

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At the start of each year, IEEE Spectrum attempts to predict the future. It can be tricky, but we do our best, filling the January issue with a couple of dozen reports, short and long, about developments the editors expect to make news in the coming year.

This isn’t hard to do when the project has been in the works for a long time and is progressing on schedule—the coming first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System, for example. For other stories, we must go farther out on a limb. A case in point: the description of a hardware wallet for Bitcoin that the company formerly known as Square (which recently changed its name to Block) is developing but won’t officially comment on. One thing we can predict with confidence, though, is that Spectrum readers, familiar with the vicissitudes of technical development work, will understand if some of these projects don’t, in fact, pan out. That’s still okay.

Engineering, like life, is as much about the journey as the destination.

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