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  • Airbus

    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.

  • 500m Aperture Telescope

    The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the world's largest radio telescope. Hear how history's pioneers made it all possible.

  • Crossrail

    London's newest rail network is a project of staggering proportions, with 10,000 personnel working across 40 sites and on 118km of track. Hear the story of Crossrail.

  • Virginia Class Submarine

    The Virginia-class submarine is the most advanced nuclear-powered fast attack submarine ever built for the US Navy. Hear how this 7,800-tonne beast was made.

  • The Panama Canal Redevelopment

    Opened in 2016, the Panama Canal expansion was an engineering project on a colossal scale. Hear how history's pioneers shaped this modern-day feat.

  • Tokyo Skytree

    The 634m Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest free-standing tower. How has this incredible structure been built to survive high winds and earthquakes? Find out.

  • Halley VI Research Station

    Learn more about the Halley VI, a futuristic polar research station. Hear how it can withstand the harshest environment on the planet: the South Pole.

  • International Space Station

    The $150bn ISS is the single most expensive engineering project in history. Hear how Henry Fluess and Dale Reed's work made this endeavour possible.

  • Littoral Combat Ships Class

    The US Navy's innovative littoral combat ships are the fastest vessels of this type in their fleet. Hear how history's pioneers made them possible.

  • Tesla Factory

    This cutting-edge manufacturing plant in California produces an incredible 2,000 cars each week. So what links some enterprising Venetians to this operation? Find out.

  • Airlander 10 Airship

    It's the world's largest aircraft, with the ability to stay airborne for five days and land anywhere on Earth. Hear the incredible story behind Airlander 10.

  • Record-Breaking Rollercoaster

    Kingda Ka is the world's tallest rollercoaster and the fastest in the US. Hold tight to hear about the mechanics and history behind this attraction.

  • The Perdido Oil Rig

    Located in the Gulf of Mexico, Perdido is the world's deepest floating oil platform and is almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Hear about its construction.

Episode guide

Impossible Engineering

Series 1

Impossible Engineering

  • Aircraft Carrier

    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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  • Rion Antirion Bridge

    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.

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  • The Shanghai Tower

    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.

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  • Kansai Airport

    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.

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  • Maglev Train

    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.

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  • Airbus

    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.

Impossible Engineering

Series 2

Impossible Engineering

  • Gotthard Tunnel

    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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  • Orion Space Craft

    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.

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  • Three Gorges Dam

    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.

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  • Millau Viaduct

    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.

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  • AT&T Stadium

    Home of the Dallas Cowboys, the impressive AT&T Stadium in Texas has a retractable roof and can hold over 100,000 people. Find out how this $1.3bn arena was constructed.

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  • Oasis-Class Cruise Ships

    The Oasis-class cruise ships are the largest passenger ships in the world, capable of carrying well over 5,000 travellers. Hear all about their construction.

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  • The Shard

    The Shard became the tallest building in London upon its completion in 2012. Standing over 1,000ft high, hear how this 95-storey skyscraper was conceived and constructed.

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  • Virginia Class Submarine

    The Virginia-class submarine is the most advanced nuclear-powered fast attack submarine ever built for the US Navy. Hear how this 7,800-tonne beast was made.

Impossible Engineering

Series 3

Impossible Engineering

  • The Pioneering Spirit

    The world's largest crane ship, the Pioneering Spirit can install oil pipelines in deep waters. Hear about the cutting-edge technology behind this project.

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  • The Panama Canal Redevelopment

    Opened in 2016, the Panama Canal expansion was an engineering project on a colossal scale. Hear how history's pioneers shaped this modern-day feat.

  • 500m Aperture Telescope

    The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the world's largest radio telescope. Hear how history's pioneers made it all possible.

  • Crossrail

    London's newest rail network is a project of staggering proportions, with 10,000 personnel working across 40 sites and on 118km of track. Hear the story of Crossrail.

  • Tokyo Skytree

    The 634m Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest free-standing tower. How has this incredible structure been built to survive high winds and earthquakes? Find out.

  • Halley VI Research Station

    Learn more about the Halley VI, a futuristic polar research station. Hear how it can withstand the harshest environment on the planet: the South Pole.

  • International Space Station

    The $150bn ISS is the single most expensive engineering project in history. Hear how Henry Fluess and Dale Reed's work made this endeavour possible.

  • Tesla Factory

    This cutting-edge manufacturing plant in California produces an incredible 2,000 cars each week. So what links some enterprising Venetians to this operation? Find out.

  • Littoral Combat Ships Class

    The US Navy's innovative littoral combat ships are the fastest vessels of this type in their fleet. Hear how history's pioneers made them possible.

  • Airlander 10 Airship

    It's the world's largest aircraft, with the ability to stay airborne for five days and land anywhere on Earth. Hear the incredible story behind Airlander 10.

  • The Perdido Oil Rig

    Located in the Gulf of Mexico, Perdido is the world's deepest floating oil platform and is almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Hear about its construction.

  • Record-Breaking Rollercoaster

    Kingda Ka is the world's tallest rollercoaster and the fastest in the US. Hold tight to hear about the mechanics and history behind this attraction.