The BEST Episodes of Impossible Engineering
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2021
Network: Science Channel
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.
#1 - Inside the Tesla Factory
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 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.
#2 - World's Greatest Yacht
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 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.
#3 - World's Most Powerful Dam
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 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.
#4 - Ultimate Airport
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 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.
#5 - International Space Station
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 11, 2017
The International Space Station is the most expensive engineering project ever attempted, and the result is a masterpiece of modern ingenuity. This vessel pushes the boundaries of space exploration and brings us closer to galactic colonization.
#6 - World’s Greatest Waterworks
Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 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.
#7 - Titan on the Water
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 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.
#8 - The Real Iron Man Suit
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 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.
#9 - World's Fastest Train
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 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.
#10 - Ultimate Football Stadium
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 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.
#11 - World's Tallest Bridge
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 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.
#12 - Conquering Avalanche Country
Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 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.
#13 - Skyscrapers of the Deep
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 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.
#14 - Kings of the Battlefield
Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 25, 2020
To carry infantry troops to the frontlines, military engineers designed three battlefield behemoths that command the land, sea, and air; special access reveals how cutting-edge tech made these innovations for the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Marines possible.
#15 - World's Largest Plane
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 1, 2015
Examine the Airbus A380 inside and out, and uncover how its engineers redefined the limits of modern aviation.
#16 - The Trains That Built America
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired May 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.
#17 - Skyscraper of the Future
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 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.
#18 - Monster Oil Rig
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 15, 2017
The Perdido Oil Platform is one of the most advanced feats in modern engineering, producing 100,000 barrels of oil each day; this structure is as tall as the Eiffel tower and manages to stay afloat in some of the deepest waters in the world.
#19 - Spy Plane Declassified
Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 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.
#20 - Seattle Super Bridge
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 22, 2020
Engineers in Seattle are building the world's first floating railway bridge, and to tackle this complex engineering challenge, they use new, innovative construction technology that enables high-speed trains to go where they've never gone before.
#21 - The Glass Skyscraper
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 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.
#22 - NYC Mega Build
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 2019
New York City's biggest construction project ever features several brand-new buildings in Manhattan's Hudson Yards, where an army of ambitious engineers and builders are tasked with developing seven city blocks over 24-hour subway trains.
#23 - The Invincible Tower
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 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.
#24 - U.S. Navy's Super Ship
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 18, 2017
The US Navy is the largest sea force on the planet and their new, ground-breaking Littoral Combat Ships are the fastest combat ships in its fleet. Built for speed, these innovative warships can travel at over 40 knots per hour in shallow water.
#25 - Chernobyl's Toughest Fix
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 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.