Impossible Engineering: Series 4
Behind every seemingly-impossible marvel of modern engineering is a cast of heroic trailblazers who pioneered new building techniques. As we revel in these modern day creations we leap back in time to recount the stories of the exceptional engineers behind the historic technological advances that made it all possible.
Part 1: Worlds Largest Radio Telescope
Discover what it took to build the largest and most sophisticated radio telescope on the planet. This engineering colossus will help astronomers explore galaxies and planets billions of light years away, and might help discover extraterrestrial life.
Part 2: Panama Canal Overhaul
Go inside the ambitious engineering project that remade the famous Panama Canal. Billions of dollars were spent to move millions of cubic tons of earth, and ultimately, the canal will be able to accommodate the biggest ships in the world.
Part 3: Ice Base
Go inside a state-of-the-art research base located in Antarctica, the coldest continent on Earth. Halley VI is built atop giant skis on a floating ice shelf, and this innovative design helps scientists brave the dangers of this extreme environment.
Part 4: Mega City Railway
Uncover what it took to build one of the most ambitious rail projects in history, London’s Crossrail. This staggering feat will span over 73 miles and transport 200 million people a year around one of the world’s largest and busiest cities.
Part 5: The Invincible Tower
Discover what it took to build the world’s tallest freestanding tower, the Tokyo Skytree. This record-breaking marvel faces some of the most deadly disasters on the planet, and must brave earthquakes and extremely high winds.
Part 6: International Space Station
The International Space Station is the most expensive engineering project ever attempted, and the result is a masterpiece of modern ingenuity. This incredible vessel pushes the boundaries of space exploration and brings us closer to galactic colonization
Part 7: US Navy’s Super Ship
The US Navy is the largest sea force on the planet and their new, ground-breaking Littoral Combat Ships are the fastest combat ships in its fleet. Built for speed, these innovative warships can travel at over 40 knots per hour in shallow water.
Part 8: Inside the Tesla Factory
The Tesla car factory is one of the largest and most innovative factories in the world. This state-of-the-art facility is the home to high-tech robots that work around-the-clock to produce thousands of cutting-edge electric cars each week.
Part 9: Worlds Largest Aircraft
The world’s largest aircraft combines the latest in technology and engineering to dwarf everything else in the skies; this marvel can stay airborne for five days and land anywhere in world, whether on land or at sea.
Part 10: Worlds Tallest Roller Coaster
Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world and fastest in the U.S., redefining the design of all thrill rides; this engineering colossus is one of the most innovative on the planet and features the fastest drop ride ever built.