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Old 03-20-2018, 04:25 PM
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Airplane Black Box Question

I was watching the show Air Disasters on the Smithsonian Channel and I noticed something. Whenever they brought up black boxes from the ocean and send them off to be analysed they put them in containers full of water. Why don't they let them dry out on the way? That has bothered me ever since I noticed it.
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Old 03-20-2018, 04:28 PM
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Metal doesn't really start rusting until it's been exposed to air. There are components in the black box that they'd like to keep in as nice a condition as possible until it's time to get the info out of it.
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Old 03-20-2018, 04:29 PM
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Allowing them to dry could actually cause additional damage to device and data stored on it due to the corrosive nature of salt water when exposed to air. Keeping it submerged keeps things relatively inert until it can get to the lab.
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Old 03-20-2018, 04:35 PM
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Allowing them to dry could actually cause additional damage to device and data stored on it due to the corrosive nature of salt water when exposed to air. Keeping it submerged keeps things relatively inert until it can get to the lab.
In the lab, is anything special (inert gas?) used to dry the recorder safely?
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