Today's feats of modern engineering are truly spectacular and keep getting bigger, stronger, and more impressive. These massive have revolutionized how we travel, do business, protect our nations, and see the world. This series explores these incredible achievements.
Behind every engineering phenomenon are the visionaries that created cutting-edge building techniques and transformed industry. Each episode features leading engineering experts who recount the stories of the technological advances that have laid the foundation for groundbreaking builds.
Kicking off the third season is an in-depth look at China's Five Hundred Meter Aperture Telescope (FAST), the biggest and most sensitive radio telescope on the planet that can receive radio signals from billions of light years away. Some of the other wonders featured this season include:
• International Space Station — Simply one of the most complex scientific engineering projects ever undertaken, this colossal structure orbits the earth 16 times a day.
• Tesla Factory — Fremont, California's 5.3 million square foot facility is the largest factory in the Western Hemisphere with the capacity to manufacture up to 1 million vehicles per year.
• Panama Canal Expansion — The $5.25 billion redevelopment was designed to accommodate the biggest cargo ships in the world.
• Halley VI Research Centre — Created for the British Antarctic Survey in 2013, this is situated on a floating ice shelf 900 miles from the South Pole and can withstand winter temperatures of minus º68.6F and winds in excess of 100 MPH.
• Littoral Combat Ships: Independence Class — These U.S. Navy masterpieces of marine engineering have been designed not only to operate in the deep waters of the open ocean, but also to provide access and dominance in shallower coastal waters.
• Airlander 10 — Hybrid airship that is meeting increased demands for cheap and efficient air travel, and has a low carbon footprint and can access remote areas.
"Impossible Engineering" is produced for Science Channel by TwoFour Broadcast. For TwoFour, the executive producer is Neil Edwards. For Science Channel, Kyle McCabe is executive producer and Lindsey Foster-Blumberg is producer.