Impossible Engineering

The WORST 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: 6/22/2022Network: Science Channel
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World's Strongest Ship
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6.77
13 votes

#1 - World's Strongest Ship

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/5/2020

Featuring the world's largest heavy-lift ship that can carry entire cruise ships halfway across the globe without stopping. To do this, experts use cutting-edge maritime engineering and the latest science for herculean strength and first-class maneuverability.

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Ice Base
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6.79
19 votes

#2 - Ice Base

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/20/2017

Go inside a state-of-the-art research base located in Antarctica, the coldest continent on Earth. Halley VI is built atop giant skis on a floating ice shelf, and this innovative design helps scientists brave the dangers of this extreme environment.

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World's Tallest Roller Coaster
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7.00
6 votes

#3 - World's Tallest Roller Coaster

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/8/2017

Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world and fastest in the U.S., redefining the design of all thrill rides; this engineering colossus is one of the most innovative on the planet and features the fastest drop ride ever built.

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Panama Canal Overhaul
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7.03
34 votes

#4 - Panama Canal Overhaul

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/6/2017

The engineering project to expand the Panama Canal is detailed.

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Dubai's Impossible Island
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7.04
25 votes

#5 - Dubai's Impossible Island

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/1/2020

The man-made islands of Dubai are modern-day engineering marvels that turn the Arabian Sea into high-priced real estate. Today, a team of expert engineers use cutting-edge technology to build a brand-new city district where there was once only water.

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Mars Rover Declassified
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7.08
13 votes

#6 - Mars Rover Declassified

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/16/2021

The Rosalind Franklin Mars rover is a brand-new space mission to discover hard evidence of extraterrestrial life; special access reveals how engineers and experts are making a new age in exploration possible.

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Inside the Super Stadium
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7.08
12 votes

#7 - Inside the Super Stadium

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/21/2021

The Singapore National Stadium is a gigantic multipurpose arena that all sits under the world's largest free-spanning dome; expert engineers reveal how this cutting-edge design marks the dawn of a new age in superstructure construction.

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Trains of the Abyss
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7.11
19 votes

#8 - Trains of the Abyss

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/7/2018

The world's most incredible trains cross deadly canyons and chasms of terrifying heights, and were made possible by expert engineering and cutting-edge technology.

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Rise of the Hyperloop
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7.13
15 votes

#9 - Rise of the Hyperloop

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

Engineers at Virgin are building the world's first hyperloop train system, a high-speed technology that uses magnetic levitation to travel over 600 miles per hour.

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World's Biggest Cruise Ship
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7.15
41 votes

#10 - World's Biggest Cruise Ship

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/20/2016

The construction of the world's largest cruise ship is spotlighted.

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World's Largest Plane: Stratolaunch
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7.20
15 votes

#11 - World's Largest Plane: Stratolaunch

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/11/2020

Test pilots and engineers embark on the first flight of the largest airplane ever built: the Stratolaunch, a one-of-a-kind aircraft designed to transport rockets, spacecraft and experimental hypersonic planes into the stratosphere.

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Abandoned Resurrection
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7.21
14 votes

#12 - Abandoned Resurrection

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/7/2021

The abandoned Battersea Power Station on the banks of the River Thames is being reinvented into a stunning centerpiece of London; now, experts use cutting-edge construction techniques to transform this historic landmark into a pioneering new destination.

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World's Largest Radio Telescope
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7.25
24 votes

#13 - World's Largest Radio Telescope

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/30/2017

What it took to build the largest and most sophisticated radio telescope on the planet. The engineering colossus will help astronomers explore galaxies and planets billions of light years away, and might help discover extraterrestrial life.

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Himalaya Mega Bridge
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7.27
15 votes

#14 - Himalaya Mega Bridge

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/22/2019

Experts use cutting-edge tech and bold engineering to build a record-breaking bridge that spans a deadly chasm in a remote section of the Himalayas. When completed, it will be the world's tallest railway bridge, towering almost 1,200 feet high.

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World's Largest Crane Vessel
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7.29
14 votes

#15 - World's Largest Crane Vessel

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/9/2021

The largest semi-submersible crane vessel in the world pushes the limits of engineering possibilities; with its two record-breaking cranes, it's one of the most complex ships ever constructed and redefines how we build at sea.

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World's Toughest Tunnels
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7.32
22 votes

#16 - World's Toughest Tunnels

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/8/2020

A team of engineers are overhauling London's underground infrastructure to build a world-class sewer system. Using cutting-edge tech and the latest construction methods, they work to transform a centuries-old network into a modern-day masterpiece.

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U.S. Navy's Super Ship
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7.33
6 votes

#17 - U.S. Navy's Super Ship

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/18/2017

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.

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World's Longest Tunnel
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7.34
35 votes

#18 - World's Longest Tunnel

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/13/2016

Exploring how engineers move mountains to build the longest and deepest rail tunnel; a look at how 25 million tons of rock were moved to build this modern wonder.

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World's Greatest Submarine
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7.36
11 votes

#19 - World's Greatest Submarine

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/23/2021

The deepest-diving submersible vessel in the world is one of the most intricately designed craft that has ever been engineered for the sea, and having reached the bottom of each of the five oceans, this submarine's accomplishments are truly monumental.

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NYC Monster Train
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7.39
18 votes

#20 - NYC Monster Train

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/29/2019

New York City is building an 11 billion dollar construction project to extend the busy Long Island Railroad, and using brand-new technology, engineers and builders blast bedrock to create a vast tunnel below Grand Central Terminal.

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Mega City Railway
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7.40
5 votes

#21 - Mega City Railway

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/27/2017

A look at the construction of London's Crossrail.

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World's Biggest Aircraft
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7.40
5 votes

#22 - World's Biggest Aircraft

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/1/2017

The world's largest aircraft combines the latest in technology and engineering to dwarf everything else in the skies; this marvel can stay airborne for five days and land anywhere in world, whether on land or at sea.

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Mega Bridge
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7.40
155 votes

#23 - Mega Bridge

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/13/2015

Explore how engineers conquered deep water and hurricane force winds to build the Rion Antirion Bridge, a structure that could hold up in one of the most active earthquake zones on our planet.

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Scotland's Super Bridge
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7.42
12 votes

#24 - Scotland's Super Bridge

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/25/2021

The Queensferry Crossing in Scotland is the longest triple tower cable-stayed bridge in the world, and with record-breaking underwater foundations, it stretches the limits of engineering possibilities and marks a new age of superstructure construction.

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World's Biggest Airport
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7.42
19 votes

#25 - World's Biggest Airport

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/29/2020

Engineers are racing against the clock to build the world's biggest airport, and using cutting-edge construction methods, experts put the finishing touches on a modern-day marvel that will move 100 million people in and out of Beijing every year.

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