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Offline Expectant_Philosopher

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Should airplane black boxes be robots?
« on: 10/01/2015 13:47:47 »
After aircraft crashes sometimes the airplane black boxes haven't been recovered or they have been found much later than the incident.  What if the black boxes were self contained robots that actively sought out authorities making their way to a predetermined location.  The black boxes could have a sequence of steps to follow after a crash.  For a specified time they would remain in situ to allow authorities to recover, then after a period of time after a crash the black box would independently move towards a predetermined recovery location. 


 

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Re: Should airplane black boxes be robots?
« Reply #1 on: 10/01/2015 13:54:04 »
So the sky will be filled with robots trying to find their way home?

Neater idea is if the box could just find its way to the surface and transmit all its data via satellite.
 

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Re: Should airplane black boxes be robots?
« Reply #2 on: 10/01/2015 21:48:52 »
Robots come in many forms, form factors do not have to be humanoid.  An ideal bot for a black box would include the capability you mention in it repertoire of abilities.  The swimming ability could utilize the new tech that enables a submersible to use buoyancy control to swim long distances.  Other abilities could be to crawl, walk, or fly.  The robot wouldn't activate until a crash occurs and only after a set waiting period has expired, for ideally the crashed craft should be as intact as possible, so investigators can make valid determinations.
 

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Re: Should airplane black boxes be robots?
« Reply #3 on: 11/01/2015 00:37:41 »
Why travel away from the crash site? It's very useful to recover parts of the aircraft, and the current black box pinger is a great help in locating them. Just get to the surface - preferably quickly - and transmit the data.
 

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