Impossible Engineering: Series 3
Behind every seemingly impossible marvel of modern engineering is a cast of historic trailblazers who designed new building techniques, took risks on untested materials and revolutionised their field. Brand new series, ‘Impossible Engineering’, is a tribute to their achievements. Each episode details how giant structures, record-beating buildings, war ships and space crafts are built and work. As the show revels in these modern day creations, it also leaps back in time to recount the stories of the exceptional engineers whose technological advances made it all possible. How would they have ever existed without the historical work of their ancestors? Interviews with their great advocates bring engineering history to life and retell how these incredible accomplishments shaped the modern world.
Part 1: Kings of the Sea
A look into how cruise ships operate; world’s biggest cruise ship; and submarine. Harmony of the Seas is as tall as a bridge and as wide as a football field. It required 50 thousand tons of steel to build!
Part 2: Fastest in the Universe
The breakthrough engineering behind some of the fastest things in the universe. Orion’s ginormous solid rocket motor generates 3.6 million pounds of thrust! That’s the equivalent of 14 jumbo jets operating at maximum power. The innovative Maglev train can move up to 431 kilometers/267 miles per hour using magnetic levitation.
Part 3: Worlds Tallest
The engineering behind the tallest things in the world. The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe at 309.6 meters. It has enough glass panels to cover 130 basketball courts!
Part 4: Worlds Toughest
The process of engineering of some of the toughest things on Earth. In the 1880’s, Minneapolis was known as the flour capitol of the world. To keep up with production needs, engineers designed the ultimate silo.