Impossible Engineering

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 revolutionized their field. This series is a tribute to their achievements and the history behind contemporary mega-structures. Each episode details how giant structures, record-beating buildings, warships and spacecrafts are built and work.


Air Date: May 01, 2019 - 48:02
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the largest and most sophisticated radio telescope on the planet.
Air Date: April 24, 2019 - 48:30
The US Navy needs to adapt to the needs of the 21st Century. Confronted by modern day issues that inhabit the world's shorelines, such as people trafficking, pirate and refugee boats, a new kind of warship is needed.
Air Date: April 17, 2019 - 48:26
In a remote part of the Gulf of Mexico, nearly 200 miles from the Texas shore and rising 30 stories out of the sea lies the floating oil platform of Perdido.
Air Date: April 10, 2019 - 47:35
The cutting edge factory in Fremont, California, has a footprint of 5.3 million square feet, and at one mile long, is one of the biggest buildings on earth.
Air Date: April 03, 2019 - 48:24
The 'Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom', built on the face of 'Kingda Ka', already the world tallest roller coaster, was opened in 2012. The ingenious design, creates 2 record breaking rides in one, and is an audacious example of cutting edge engineering.
Air Date: March 27, 2019 - 47:47
The aviation industry faces a seemingly impossible challenge; to sustain the increasing demand for cheap and efficient air travel and yet provide air transport that is quiet, has a low carbon footprint.
Air Date: March 20, 2019 - 47:35
The 634m Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest free-standing tower. Find out how this incredible structure was built to survive high winds and earthquakes.
Air Date: March 13, 2019 - 48:25
An exploration of the many operational challenges that Europe's largest rail project, Crossrail, presents.
Air Date: March 06, 2019 - 47:45
ISS is hosting a new- wave of experiments and the station is being reconfigured to be able to dock a new fleet of private space craft, which will not only supply cargo, but will also, deliver astronauts.
Air Date: February 20, 2019 - 48:25
Opened in 2016, the Panama Canal Extension is an engineering project on an unprecedented scale. Designed to enlarge the existing 100 year old canal, this $5.25 billion dollar project has redefined world trade routes.
Air Date: February 13, 2019 - 48:26
The award winning Halley VI Research Centre, created for the British Antarctic Survey in 2013, is situated on a floating ice shelf 900 miles from South Pole.