What’s inside a Black Box?

What’s inside a Black Box?


– Are you guys ready for
this watermelon experiment? (laughs) (whirring helicopter blades) – Welcome back to What’s Inside. I’m Lincoln, this is Dan, and today we have a black box. – Black box, but it’s red. – What? – I know, that’s kind of weird, right? They changed them to red
or orange a while back because when the plane crashes and you need to find this
thing, it’s hard to find. We are about to go out
into the middle of nowhere and test this thing out and see how durable and how strong it really is. – You ready for the adventure? Here we go! (yelling) (jet engine roaring) – Oh, there it goes. (helicopter revving) (relaxed music) – This is it guys, this is what we do. Let’s go blow past all
these jets, shall we? (Lincoln laughs) – Whoa. – We wanted to come out
here with our buddy York. He has a YouTube channel,
and he’s on Instagram at @iFlyHeli. We have a couple of things here. First, we have this that
we’re going to drop off from, I don’t even know how many feet yet, so I guess we’ll have to decide that, but we’re going to drop this out. We also have this guy. This is a watermelon with a GoPro on it, that York’s son put together last night. He said, is it okay if we bring this out here and drop it– – Absolutely. – And I said why wouldn’t
we do that, that’s amazing! (laughing) – You can see all these lava
flows going on out here, and from this altitude it looks like it’s, oh, maybe
manageable to walk across. When we get down low, it’s just jagged and sharp and you’re going nowhere. – We’ve just landed, in
a helicopter, on Mars. – On this little platform, I
don’t know how we landed on it. – Guys, check this out,
zoom in on this guy. 107 degrees. – York found us an actual
jet that had crashed. – This is a whole, it looks like a shock. – What is that? – It’s the landing gear from the plane. There’s debris scattered throughout this whole stretch of this rocky land. That is so heavy. – Is it pretty heavy? (clanking metal) (laughs) – Here’s the biggest chunk of the plane that we found that’s
not part of the engine, and look at this logo on it. It’s the old U.S. white star, blue circle around it, the red stripe on it. For those of you that don’t know, a black box is a flight data recorder. It measures and tracks the audio, where the plane is going,
what the pilots are saying, and everything so that
when a plane does crash they can take a look at all of the data and find out what actually happened. The boxes have to be very, very strong because, look at this
wreckage, this is an engine. – It’s destroyed. – We are going to go in the helicopter and fly up in the air and throw it out of the helicopter onto
this hard lava ground– – So hard. – And see if it even busts open. (sparse music) – Here we go. – Experiment in the lava
fields is about to commence. (Lincoln singing) – See we put a little yellow clock down there so we can see our target because it’d be probably easy to miss it. (whirring helicopter blades) (yelling) (helicopter whirring) Are you guys ready for
this watermelon experiment? (laughs) All right, watermelon time. (wind rushing) (watermelon splatting on rocks) (helicopter blades whirring) (happy music) Okay, so look at that watermelon. Here’s the– Oh my goodness, this got demolished. There’s the base for it. I see part of the case. Listen for the beeping. Where is it? Oh there it is! There it is, Lincoln. I pushed the button and it just says zero. (laughing) Whatever that means. What’s your son’s name? – Emerson. – Emerson, Emerson, I don’t
know if your session survived, but it was the perfect thing, it hit right there on the target. Well, close to it, come on. All right, who’s going
to take a bite of this? York’s going for it (laughing). – It’s actually really good, you guys. – Lincoln, have a bite buddy. – It is so hot out here. It’s nice. – 108 degrees. – Oh, I’m dehydrated. – Don’t eat the part with mud on it. Yeah, there you go. Here it is. – Aah! – This thing was 500 feet in the air and we dropped it on this hard lava rock and there’s not one indention at all, it just scratched the paint. I was terrified as I threw that thing out. When I threw this out,
I got about this far and I started coming back. (laughs) So wimpy, but– Let’s get back to civilization and get a saw and see if
we can cut this thing open. – Let’s see if we can, because I don’t know if that’s possible. (relaxed happy music) – We have the flight recorder
right there, there’s a saw. – It’s all beat up though. – It is beat up, but
we’re at York’s house. We’re going to see if we
can cut this thing open with this chopsaw, he was
nice enough to give it to us. But check out his garage, he’s
got quite the setup in here. – See look, one-wheels. – One-wheels, Sean Nuris, you’d love that. – I don’t have a lot
of confidence in this, but you know, we’ll see. – All right, let’s see if this
will make any progress on it. (saw grinding) (electronic music) Smells like a sparkler. – Will you put a little hole in the top too before you pour it in? – [Lincoln] Whoa. – [Dan] Fancy. Look how deep the cut is. Are you surprised, York? – [York] Yeah, I’m
actually kind of impressed. (saw buzzing) – [Dan] See how far that goes in? That’s just all metal. – [Lincoln] So much metal. – [Dan] Okay, well, let’s keep on going. (saw buzzing) – [York] Spicy. – [Dan] Yeah, we’re– (steam hissing) – [Lincoln] Whoa! – [Dan] Wow, we’re in it pretty good. – [Lincoln] That was actually– – [Dan] Still looks like
it’s straight metal though! There’s a little, it looks
like a golf ball core. – [York] Oh yeah. – [Dan] There’s a little
green core inside. (saw buzzing) We have cut around the entire thing except for that little corner, that little part, it’s about an inch left. This is impressive, we’re making it. (saw buzzing) (driving electronic music) Oh, I think we got it! Check this out. – What! – Flight recorder, do not open. (laughs) – Uh-oh. – So what do we do? We cut the thing in half. – (laughs) And we opened it. – This is the outer layer
of thick, thick metal, and then this is kind of a hard, hard putty, clay-type stuff. This one’s a lot softer. Well, whenever you see a plane crash, there’s a couple things they look for. They want to know what
was the flight path, how fast was it going,
what different sensors were going off, and by storing it all on these flight data recorders, they’re able to pull all that data off and they can put it into
the computer system and then really just show exactly
what happened at the flight. Screwdriver, hammer, let’s get
this green goo out of there. Look at this. See even…oh, look at that. – [Lincoln] Whoa. (hammer thudding) – [Dan] There’s a good
chance that this is part cushioning to keep the
chip from getting damaged from the fall, and then also part just insulation for heat
and cooling purposes. (hammer thuds) (metallic popping) Boom. – [Lincoln] Oh, you got it. – [Dan] Wow, all of that space. Look how much of the space in there. – [Lincoln] There’s the chip,
it looks like any ordinary chip like you’d find in
a TV or things like that. – [Dan] Well this is half
of it, and that’s it. This little tiny chip is
why we have this giant box, but this little tiny chip
is super, super important. Not all black boxes are gonna be the same, so there’s going to be some
differences between them. Unfortunately, planes do
crash, and fortunately we do have the technology that
they can find the information that can answer some questions. So we’ve been going on
a lot of trips lately and it’s been a ton of fun. We saw our gold play button video where we traveled the world. We’re going on another trip, and it’s going to be in Iceland, July 20th. – Yeah! – And there’s an amazing concert. The video’s playing right
here, you can see it. LG is sending us there, and they’re doing this awesome project
with the Northern Lights. It should be very cool. – Yeah, I’m really excited for it. – But the best part is, they’re sending one winner and a friend
to go to this concert. Flight, hotel, everything, all the details are in the link in the description below. But we want you guys to
go click on the link, see what you have to
do, and if you want to, go onto the Facebook or
go onto their website and you can submit to potentially win and we would love to see you in Iceland at this amazing concert. – I’m so excited to see it. – And if some of you guys that
are watching live in Iceland, just know that July 20th
we’re going to be there, and we’ll do a fan meetup
somewhere around there. Hope you enjoyed what’s inside of a flight data recorder,
it was a lot of fun. Check out the LG Iceland trip, and I hope that we get
to see you guys there. – Yippee! (laughing)

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