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  • ENGINEERING CONNECTIONS

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How did a birdcage lead to the building of Taipei 101? Richard Hammond makes the connections.

TV's Richard Hammond travels the world to reveal the simple, yet effective secrets that make them tick and how they owe their existence to things as diverse as a birdcage and a bicycle pump.

From the bottom of the ocean to infinity and beyond, the sky's not the limit for this intrepid host as he gets under the skin of: the Airbus A380 in France, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the incredible Troll-A gas platform off the coast of Norway.

AIRBUS A380: BIG BIRD
Nicknamed the Superjumbo, the Airbus A380 passenger airliner is the largest in history. It's packed with cutting-edge technology but owes its very existence to the most unlikely connections – a Mongolian bow and a 19th century rocket.

TAIPEI 101: SIZE IS IMPORTANT
Heading to Taipei, Richard discovers the secrets of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101. How is this tower connected to a birdcage, bamboo, racing yachts, sports cars and seat belts? This journey of discovery takes him from the mines of 18th century England to almost half a kilometre into the sky at some 64 kilometres per hour (that's around a 37 second trip!)

KECK OBSERVATORY: LOOKING BEYOND THE FINAL FRONTIER
Next, Richard looks at the history embedded in the Keck Observatory. How could a sand-blaster, a Cold War spy gadget and the invention of refrigerators have led to the creation of this super telescope? And using just a satellite dish and some foil is it possible to set fire to a boat? Richard experiments.

TROLL-A PLATFORM: THE LONGEST LEGS IN THE BUSINESS?
Finally, Richard braves the stormy North Sea to visit the incredible Troll-A Platform
– the largest object ever moved across the earth's surface by man – and learns firsthand how a single musical note could have spelt catastrophe for the Troll-A.

These structures are jewels of high technology, but behind them lies an amazing array of unexpected inventions and ideas spanning right across history and originating from every corner of the globe.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Engineering Connections: Super Tanker
    Richard Hammond reveals the ingenious engineering required to transport one of the most potentially hazardous cargoes in some of the biggest vessels afloat.
  • Engineering Connections: Ocean Airport
    Discover how a brass band, a WWII bomber and a vintage-racing car contributed to the construction of one of the world's biggest airports.
  • Engineering Connections: Burj Al Arab
    Join us in revealing the spectacular design of the world's tallest and most distinctively shaped hotels - sail-shaped Burj al Arab in Dubai.
  • Engineering Connections: Bullet Train
    Reveal the surprising engineering connections between Japan's 'bullet train' - the world's first high speed railway and other ancient inventions.
  • Engineering Connections: Guggenheim Bilbao
    Richard visits the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain - to find out which Engineering Connections made this iconic building possible.
  • Engineering Connections: Taipei Tower
    Richard Hammond travels to Taipei and discovers the secrets of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101.
  • Engineering Connections: Sydney Opera House
    Richard Hammond climbs to the top of Sydney's iconic Opera House to unlock the Engineering Connections behind it.
  • Engineering Connections: Hong Kong's Ocean Airport
    Discover how a brass band, a WWII bomber and a vintage-racing car contributed to the construction of one of the world's biggest airports.
  • Engineering Connections: Millau Sky Bridge
    Richard heads to France to reveal the engineering aspirations of the tallest road bridge in the world.
  • Engineering Connections: Wembley Stadium
    Richard stands atop on the Wembley roof, in front of its record breaking arch to discover behind the new high tech home of English football.
  • Engineering Connections: Hms Illustrious
    In this episode of Engineering Connections, Richard unpicks the engineering DNA of the mighty aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious.
  • Engineering Connections: Airbus A380
    Airbus A380 is the world's biggest passenger airline. Learn how engineers combine ancient techniques and modern technology to construct it.
  • Engineering Connections: Super Rig
    Join Richard to discover the engineering connections behind the Troll A gas platform which is the largest object ever moved by man.
  • Engineering Connections: Deep Space Observer
    Richard Hammond discovers the secrets behind the Keck Observatory - which has seen further into the universe than any other telescope on Earth.
  • Engineering Connections: Earthquake Bridge
    Richard Hammond reveals how engineers made one of the longest bridges in the world earthquake-proof.
  • Engineering Connections: Space Shuttle
    Richard Hammond reveals the surprising engineering connections to NASA's Space Shuttle - the world's first reusable space craft.
  • Engineering Connections: Formula 1
    Richard Hammond reveals the surprising engineering connections behind the glamorous appearances of the Formula 1 car.
  • Engineering Connections: Burj Al Arab
    Join us in revealing the spectacular design of the world's tallest and most distinctively shaped hotels - sail-shaped Burj al Arab in Dubai.
  • Engineering Connections: Super Tanker
    Richard Hammond reveals the ingenious engineering required to transport one of the most potentially hazardous cargoes in some of the biggest vessels afloat.
  • Engineering Connections: Bullet Train
    Reveal the surprising engineering connections between Japan's 'bullet train' - the world's first high speed railway and other ancient inventions.
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