Impossible Engineering

The BEST episodes of Impossible Engineering

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Impossible Engineering looks at the history of pioneering modern-day mega structures. 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. It is a tribute to their achievements. Each episode details how giant structures, record-beating buildings, and the world’s most cutting-edge ships, trains and planes are built and work using 3D graphics, archive and specially shot footage. As this series revels in these modern day creations, it leaps back in time to recount the stories of the exceptional engineers whose technological advances made it all possible.

Last Updated: 5/21/2022Network: Science Channel
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Inside the Tesla Factory
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8.60
5 votes

#1 - Inside the Tesla Factory

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/25/2017

The Tesla car factory is one of the largest and most innovative factories in the world; this state-of-the-art facility is the home to high-tech robots that work around-the-clock to produce thousands of cutting-edge electric cars each week.

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World's Greatest Yacht
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8.43
7 votes

#2 - World's Greatest Yacht

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/7/2019

The Black Pearl is one of the largest and fastest sailing yachts in the world, and using cutting-edge innovations in shipbuilding and engineering, its crew puts this brand-new $200 million vessel through the gauntlet to test its unique capabilities.

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Ultimate Airport
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8.11
63 votes

#3 - Ultimate Airport

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/18/2015

The Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay, Japan, is built on the largest man-made island in the world. Discover how engineers built an artificial island on top of clay seabed.

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World's Most Powerful Dam
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8.08
49 votes

#4 - World's Most Powerful Dam

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/6/2016

A look at how engineers reshaped a river to build China's Three Gorges Dam, the largest and heaviest concrete structure on earth.

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The Invincible Tower
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8.00
4 votes

#5 - The Invincible Tower

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/4/2017

What it took to build the world's tallest freestanding tower, the Tokyo Skytree. This record-breaking marvel faces some of the most deadly disasters on the planet, and must brave earthquakes and extremely high winds.

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Skyscrapers of the Deep
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7.94
17 votes

#6 - Skyscrapers of the Deep

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/24/2019

To build the London Array, the world's biggest offshore wind farm, engineers and builders brave the deadly waters of the North Sea; using the latest science and tech, these innovators construct 175 towering turbines that can withstand the most hellish conditions.

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World's Fastest Train
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7.88
69 votes

#7 - World's Fastest Train

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/25/2015

The Shanghai Maglev is the fastest passenger train in operation in the world. Uncover how engineers are able to design a train that could levitate, and reach a remarkable top speed of 268 mph.

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World's Tallest Bridge
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7.88
67 votes

#8 - World's Tallest Bridge

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/23/2016

How did engineers build the tallest bridge on the planet? As tall as a skyscraper, the Millau Viaduct braves deadly wind speeds over an immense abyss, and we go inside the story behind this modern wonder.

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Ultimate Football Stadium
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7.87
62 votes

#9 - Ultimate Football Stadium

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/30/2016

The AT&T Stadium in Texas is home to the Dallas Cowboys and the world's largest retractable roof. This $1.2 billion stadium can house over 100,000 fans, and we'll go inside how this engineering feat was built.

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World's Largest Plane
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7.86
63 votes

#10 - World's Largest Plane

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/1/2015

Examine the Airbus A380 inside and out, and uncover how its engineers redefined the limits of modern aviation.

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The Real Iron Man Suit
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7.86
14 votes

#11 - The Real Iron Man Suit

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/31/2019

An ambitious team of engineers has created an Iron Man-like jet suit that can propel the user over 30 miles per hour, and using cutting-edge technology, these visionaries have made dreams of the distant future a reality.

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US Navy's Aircraft Carrier
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7.83
6 votes

#12 - US Navy's Aircraft Carrier

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/14/2019

The US Navy's brand-new Ford-class aircraft carrier is the world's largest warship, and using the latest naval and aeronautic technology, engineers and military personnel race to build and test this cutting-edge vessel.

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Conquering Avalanche Country
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7.80
20 votes

#13 - Conquering Avalanche Country

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/19/2020

Deadly avalanches and catastrophic flooding are ever-present threats at one of the world's busiest ski resorts, but new technology and cutting-edge construction methods help engineers conquer the elements to keep this mountain-top getaway safe.

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World’s Greatest Waterworks
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7.80
15 votes

#14 - World’s Greatest Waterworks

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/18/2020

Engineers in China are constructing the largest and most ambitious water transfer project in human history, defying nature to move vast quantities of water from the south to the dry north in Beijing, all without the use of pumping stations.

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Titan on the Water
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7.80
10 votes

#15 - Titan on the Water

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/2/2020

A cutting-edge engineering marvel can lift boats and water to astonishing heights, and its advanced design makes it the first and only construction of its kind; behind-the-scenes access shows how it works.

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The Trains That Built America
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7.76
17 votes

#16 - The Trains That Built America

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/8/2019

The first railroads in the United States were engineering marvels built to conquer America's deadliest places. Using cutting-edge science, engineers and builders changed the nation by connecting the California frontier with the rest of the country.

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World's Highest Bridge
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7.75
20 votes

#17 - World's Highest Bridge

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/12/2020

The world's highest bridge impossibly spans an 1,800-foot chasm known as the Crack in the Earth, and to build this engineering marvel, experts use cutting-edge construction technology that can conquer the deadly cliffs of this rugged environment.

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Skyscraper of the Future
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7.74
72 votes

#18 - Skyscraper of the Future

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/11/2015

Soaring over 2,000 feet into the sky, the Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world, and a futuristic engineering marvel. Discover how cutting-edge technology means that the building's occupants will never feel it sway.

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The Glass Skyscraper
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7.73
62 votes

#19 - The Glass Skyscraper

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/4/2016

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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Chernobyl's Toughest Fix
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7.72
18 votes

#20 - Chernobyl's Toughest Fix

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/3/2019

The Chernobyl disaster created one of the world's deadliest places, and as the temporary fix around the damaged reactor begins to fail, engineers race to build a cutting-edge structure to contain the contamination that could threaten the world.

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Mega City Trains
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7.67
21 votes

#21 - Mega City Trains

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/31/2018

The world's busiest cities are kept running by innovative train systems built with expert engineering and cutting-edge technology

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Himalayan Mega Train
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7.67
9 votes

#22 - Himalayan Mega Train

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/28/2019

To build the world's tallest railway, engineers braved a deadly Himalayan environment and its -40 degree temperatures. The cutting-edge $4 billion train system connects one of the planet's most inaccessible cities to a world beyond the ice.

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Spy Plane Declassified
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7.67
21 votes

#23 - Spy Plane Declassified

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/5/2020

A state-of-the-art NATO airplane is one of the most complex surveillance tools in the world. Special access inside the behemoth reveals how cutting-edge engineering and a hi-tech midair refueling system helps its crew defend against security threats.

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US Military Hovercraft
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7.64
11 votes

#24 - US Military Hovercraft

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/18/2021

The US military's most advanced hovercraft, Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), represents the next generation of amphibious transport vehicles; using the latest in cutting-edge tech, it's designed to carry the heaviest cargo into locations that were previously impossible to reach.

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US Combat Helicopter
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7.64
11 votes

#25 - US Combat Helicopter

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/1/2021

The V-22 Osprey is a revolutionary feat of aviation engineering that combines the speed and range of an airplane with the landing versatility of a helicopter, allowing the US military to transport troops and cargo into seemingly impossible locations.

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