Colossal Machines

6 x 45' (ENG, GER)

Massive machines require engineering extremes.

The massive man-made satellite, commonly known as the International Space Station, hurtling around the Earth at 27,600 km an hour, has been a temporary home for humans for the last 20 years. The biggest land vehicle on earth, a bucket excavator titled Bagger 293, that can move 240,000 cubic meters of dirt each day. Innovation has always meant building bigger, faster, taller, longer and stronger than anything that came before. We’ve seen them in dramatic visual fashion. But how do these actually work? What sets each machine apart. What big ideas drove its evolution and what limitations did this machine overcome? What forces was it built to withstand and where is the breaking point? Using CGI and expert insights, we ‘strip down’ the design of some of the world’s unique colossal machines and reveal mechanical secrets that not only made them work, but also changed the world in a big way!

Pictures ©Capwatts86 / NASA - Kim Shiflett


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  • Original Title
    Colossal Machines
  • Month of Delivery
    September 2021
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  • Length
    6 x 45' (ENG, GER)
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  • Partners
    ServusTV, SPIEGEL TV Wissen