Episodes

Episode 1

Prising open the Mega Truck’s metal skin will reveal its engineering secrets and their extraordinary roots in history and nature

Episode 2

Aviation history is about to be made at Tustin Airbase, California, as Dragon Dream takes to the sky for the very first time

Episode 3

Exploring the engineering breakthroughs within this steel giant will reveal surprising secrets of how the technology evolved, inspired by extraordinary lessons from nature and history

Episode 4

Using stunning CGI animation to explode open one of the world’s fastest trains to reveal the extraordinary technology that it depends on to race from Venice to Rome in less than four hours

Episode 5

How does the Mega Digger’s incredible 70-ton bucket mimic nature’s mightiest digger – the mole? Which device from an 18th century clock enables the PC8000 to rotate 360 degrees in only 20 seconds?

Episode 6

How did the Air-Crane’s incredible jet engines evolve from a medieval cooking device? Why is a bat’s claw the perfect blueprint for the Air-Crane’s unbreakable steel cargo hooks?

Episode 7

Rise of the Machines uses stunning CGI animation to explode open the fastest accelerating vehicle on the planet

Episode 8

At critical moments, spectacular CGI will crack open the steel hull of the Aircraft Carrier and plunge us deep into its inner workings. Uncovering the engineering breakthroughs within this lethal leviathan reveals surprising stories of how the technology evolved

Episode 9

How do the A380’s shape-shifting wings mimic a bald eagle’s flexible feathers? How have the fan-blades inside the A380’s super-powered jet engines evolved from the slashing Samurai sword?

Episode 10

How does the Ice Crawler’s hydraulic snow shovel mimic the anatomy of the giant Himalayan jumping spider? How does a lightning bolt help driver Steve navigate the steep mountain terrain in the pitch black of night?

Episode 6 - Mega Lift Helicopter

RISE OF THE MACHINES uses stunning CGI animation to explode open the world’s only purpose built flying crane – the Erickson Air Crane – to reveal the extraordinary technology that it relies on to construct 120 giant steel transmission towers in only eight days. Deep in the remote Albertan prairies, Chief Pilot Travis Harrold and his crew must battle against gusting winds to haul seven-ton steel towers high into the air and then set them with absolute precision. Exploring the engineering breakthroughs within this aerial acrobat will reveal surprising secrets of how the technology evolved, inspired by extraordinary lessons from nature and history.

Credits
Producer/Director
Assistant Producer
for Discovery Canada, Quest