Photos: Retrieving data from the cockpit Summary: Today's black boxes are designed to survive the fiery temperatures and intense pressures of a crash. By Bill Detwiler | July 20, 2006 -- 16:01 GMT (09:01 PDT) Follow @billdetwiler Previous | Next Image 1 of 4 L3 Communications flight data recorder A cutaway view of the solid-state flight data recorder sold by L3 Communications. Topic: Big Data Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.