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Season 3 / Episode 9 and airs on 26 May 2017 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.
Discover what it took to build the largest filled-in, single-dish and most sophisticated radio telescope on the planet. Completed in 2016, the Five hundred-meter (1640 feet) Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is now ready to scan the skies from Guizhou Province, southwest China. This engineering colossus will help astronomers explore galaxies and planets billions of light years away, and might help discover extraterrestrial life.
The Panama Canal Expansion Project was one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world. It doubled the capacity of the canal adding a new lane of traffic with a third set of locks. It cost over $5 billion moving millions of cubic tons of earth and rock to ultimately accommodate the biggest ships in the world. Commercial operation began of June 26, 2016.
The Pioneering Spirit is the earth's biggest heavy lift construction vessel installing oil pipelines in the world's deepest waters and featuring state-of-the-art thrusters and mammoth lifting beams. It is the world's largest vessel ever constructed, in terms of its gross tonnage (403,342 gt), breadth (123.75 m / 406 ft.), and displacement (900,000 t). The twin-hulled ship performs single-lift installation and decommissioning of large offshore oil and gas platforms up to 48,000 tons, plus installation of subsea, record-weight oil and gas pipelines. The vessel commenced offshore operations in August of 2016.
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