Impossible Engineering

October 2018

Millau Viaduct (S2E4)

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The Millau Viaduct is the world's tallest bridge and spans the valley of the River Tarn in southern France. Find out more about this marvel of modern engineering.

Three Gorges Dam

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Hear how engineers reshaped a river to accomplish the amazing endeavour that is China's Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest and heaviest concrete structure.

Orion Space Craft

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NASA's cutting-edge Orion spacecraft is the next big thing in space travel. Hear how developers hope the module will aid human exploration of Mars and of asteroids.

Gotthard Tunnel

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Opened in 2016, the $10.3bn Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland became the world's longest tunnel. Discover how it was built and its effect on European transit.


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Learn more about breathtaking feats of construction in this illuminating series. Climb aboard the four-engine Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane in the world.

Maglev Train

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Marvel at the sheer brilliance of the Maglev Shanghai Train, the world's fastest commercial train which can reach speeds of over 400km/h - even with leaves on the line.

Kansai Airport

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Learn about the ambitious construction of Kansai International Airport in Japan, which is built on a man-made island and can withstand destructive natural disasters.

The Shanghai Tower

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The Shanghai Tower is the world's second tallest building and is designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. Learn more about this triumph of engineering.

Rion Antirion Bridge

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The building of this 3km-long bridge in Greece faced may obstacles, not least seismic activity. Hear how an improbable feat of engineering was accomplished.

Aircraft Carrier

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How on earth was the Navy's mammoth HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier built? Discover the cutting-edge engineering techniques behind this mobile megastructure.
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