The flight computer from a destroyed ship. Recovered flight computers can offer details on the movements and intentions of ships before meeting their demise. Taking a black box from the scene of an accident is frowned on by authorities, but can offer lucrative profits on the black market.

— In-Game Description

ALERT: Black Boxes are illegal in most systems.

Black Box is a specific item of Salvage in Elite Dangerous.

It is sometimes dropped in Unidentified Signal Source locations and by destroyed ships. Is required by some Bulletin Board missions.

Since version 1.4 they can be found also in weak signal source and salvageable wreckage. They can be sold at a Search and Rescue contact.

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