Next Episode of Impossible Engineering is
Season 5 / Episode 1 and airs on 23 March 2018 01:00
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.
Explore how engineers conquered the deep water and hurricane force winds of the Gulf of Corinth in Greece to build the Rion-Antirion Bridge, a structure that must hold up in one of the most active earthquake zones on our planet. When completed in May 2004, it was the world's longest multi-span, cable-stayed bridge with a continuous fully suspended deck.
A look at how the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier works: it has a surface area larger than two soccer fields and is full of cutting-edge F35 fighter jets.
The Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world, climbing over 2,000 feet into the sky; examine how cutting-edge technology means that the building's occupants will never feel it sway.
The Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay, Japan is built on the largest man-made island in the world: how engineers built an artificial island on top of clay seabed.
The Shanghai Magleve is the fastest passenger train in operation in the world; uncover how engineers are able to design a train that could levitate, and reach a remarkable top speed of 268 mph.
Examine the Airbus A380 inside and out, and uncover how its engineers redefined the limits of modern aviation.
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