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Massive Engines: Ancient Chinese Space Travel
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie explains how Ancient Chinese official Wan Hu attempted to travel to space using a chair, a kite and 47 fire arrows.
Massive Engines: Beating Gravity
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie conducts an experiment using apples and a simple rocket to explain how overcoming gravity is essential for space travel.
Massive Engines: Benz Tricycle
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie gives viewers an inside look at the 1885 Benz tricycle. The Benz tricycle was the precursor to the modern day racecar and also was the world's first gasoline powered car.
Massive Engines: Blower Bentley
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie offers an inside look at the Blower Bentley, a vintage race car legend powered by a supercharger engine.
Massive Engines: BMW Turbo Power
Relive the heyday of turbocharged race cars such as the BMW Formula 1 car with Chris Barrie on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Booster Rockets
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates how booster rockets work using a model airplane. Booster rockets are powered by solid fuel and are not powerful enough to reach space.
Massive Engines: Brooklands Racetrack
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie visits the Brooklands racetrack and museum for a glimpse of its premier racecar -- the 1933 Napier-Railton. Opened in 1907, Brooklands racetrack was the first purpose built racetrack.
Massive Engines: Bucket Wheel Excavator
Travel to Germany and get a glimpse of one of the world's largest land machines. On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie gives a tour of the bucket-wheel excavator.
Massive Engines: Caterpillar Tracks
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie takes a look at the inspiration behind the invention of caterpillar tracks, which simplified digging on wet surfaces.
Massive Engines: Chinese Fire Arrow
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie demonstrates how the Ancient Chinese used the fire arrow for warfare.
Massive Engines: Count Ferdinand's First Zeppelin
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie examines the birth of the first viable airship. Powered by a Daimler petrol engine, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's air balloon made its maiden voyage in 1900.
Massive Engines: Daimler Engine
Experience the rise of gasoline powered engines as Chris Barrie shows off the 1903 Daimler four cylinder engine on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Diesel Engine Evolution
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie highlights the evolution of the diesel truck engine with a look at the humble beginnings of a 1935 six cylinder Leyland.
Massive Engines: Diesel Powered Ships
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie learns about diesel powered ships on a ride on the OOCL Shenzhen, the world's largest container ship.
Massive Engines: Early Petrol Engine Trucks
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie takes a ride on a Albion A12 flatbed truck. The truck is an example as to why the early petrol engines outperformed steam truck predecessors.
Massive Engines: Earthworm Digger
Join host Chris Barrie on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," as he explains how earthworms served as the inspiration for the full face tunnel borer. Powered by hydraulics, these powerful machines can dig through solid Earth with ease.
Massive Engines: Electric Engines
Using a battery, magnet, coil and paperclips, host Chris Barrie demonstrates on a small scale how electric engines can power one of the largest land machines ever built on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Evolution of the Petrol Engine
From the single cylinder Benz tricycle to the four cylinder Daimler engine, witness the evolution of the gasoline engine on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Flying Boats
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie flies the friendly skies on a flying boat. Flying boats could carry up to 50 passengers and were among the largest aircraft of the early 20th century.
Massive Engines: Gas Balloon Demonstration
Up, up and away! In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie sends a toy mouse on a gas balloon test ride.
Massive Engines: Gloster Meteor Fighter Jet
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie checks out the Gloster Meteor fighter jet. The Gloster Meteor was the first fully operational fighter powered by a jet engine.
Massive Engines: Hindenburg Heyday to Mayday
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie chronicles the rise of the Hindenburg passenger airship in 1936 to its fiery demise in 1937. The Hindenburg disaster marked the end of era for passenger zeppelins.
Massive Engines: HMS Belfast Steam Engine
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie takes us inside the HMS Belfast for a glimpse of its massive steam turbine engines.
Massive Engines: How Hot Air Balloons Work
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie demonstrates how hot air balloons work.
Massive Engines: How Jet Engines Work
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie demonstrates how jet engines work. The invention of the jet engine revolutionized air travel.
Massive Engines: How Modern Diesel Engines Work
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie gives us inside look at how the massive turbocharged diesel engine works in one of Europe's largest tractor trailers.
Massive Engines: Hydraulic Diggers
Dig up some dirt on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," as host Chris Barrie test drives a modern hydraulic digger. The modern hydraulic digger got its start from engineer Joseph Cyril Bamford.
Massive Engines: Hydraulic Power
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates the power of hydraulic engines using pistons, tubing, cylinders and a fine Irish stout. Hydraulic diggers offer more versatility than their steam shovel predecessors.
Massive Engines: Hydraulic Pumps
Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates the concept of the hydraulic pump. The hydraulic pump was invented by Joseph Bramah during the Industrial Revolution.
Massive Engines: Inside the OOCL Shenzhen
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie takes us inside the OOCL Shenzhen container ship to see how its massive diesel engine works.
Massive Engines: Inside the SS Great Britain
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows us how Isambard Brunel developed the powerful steam engine of the SS Great Britain.
Massive Engines: Inside the Waverly Pleasure Cruiser
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie takes us inside the Waverly pleasure cruiser for a glimpse of its triple expansion steam engine.
Massive Engines: Liquid Fueled Rockets
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie gives us an inside glimpse of a liquid fuel rocket engine. Because of their efficiency, liquid fueled engines could sustain larger rockets for an extended period of time.
Massive Engines: London Tower Bridge
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie explains the science behind the London Tower bridge. The London Tower Bridge uses hydraulic pressure to open and close the bridge.
Massive Engines: Maiden Voyage of the SS Great Britain
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie shows us the science behind the successful transatlantic voyage of Isambard Brunel's SS Great Britain.
Massive Engines: Methanol Monster Truck
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie introduces us to Blown Thunder. Powered by methanol, check out this massive monster truck as it climbs over cars with ease.
Massive Engines: Multi Stage Rockets
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates how multi-stage rockets, such as the Saturn V engine, works.
Massive Engines: Muscle Powered Pumps
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows off his muscle power as he demonstrates the first hand powered pump. Pumps were necessary to move water from one place to the other for drinking, cooking and firefighting.
Massive Engines: Newcomen Engine in Action
The Newcomen steam engine gets it power from atmospheric pressure. Host Chris Barrie demonstrates how this is accomplished and sees a live running Newcomen steam engine in action on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Newcomen Steam Engine
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie goes underground to demonstrate what triggered the invention of the Newcomen steam engine.
Massive Engines: Origin of the Diesel Engine
Invented by Rudolf Diesel, the diesel engine revolutionized the trucking industry due to its low cost and fuel efficiency. Learn more about the origin of the diesel engine on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Petrol Engine
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie test drives a 1931 Scammell tractor. Even though this petrol truck could haul a massive load, it was severely lacking in fuel efficiency, getting a mere 2 miles a gallon.
Massive Engines: Pratt and Whitney Airplane Engines
All aboard! In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie revisits the splendor of the Ford Trimotor aircraft. Powered by the Pratt and Whitney radial engine, the Ford Trimotor became one of the first passenger airplanes.
Massive Engines: Race to the Moon
Chris Barrie, host of Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," takes a trip back in time to the Apollo 11 mission, which made space history for the United States by landing the first astronauts on the moon.
Massive Engines: RD 180 Rocket Engine
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie gives us an inside look at the Russian RD-180 rocket engine. The RD-180 engine utilizes technology to create powerful, reliable engines.
Massive Engines: Rebirth of the Airship
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie highlights the possible rebirth of the zeppelin as means for international cargo delivery.
Massive Engines: Rise of the Graf Zeppelin
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie examines the vulnerabilty of the zeppelin as a military weapon during WWI and the subsequent development of the zeppelin as a passenger airship.
Massive Engines: Rocket Engine Evolution
From the first simple liquid fueled engine to the massive Saturn V engine, host Chris Barrie explains how rockets evolved over time on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Rocket Engine Origin
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie recreates the first rocket engine which has its roots in Ancient China.
Massive Engines: Rocket Science Theory
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie explains why it took so long to build the first liquid fueled rocket.
Massive Engines: Rolls Royce Jet Engines
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie visits Rolls Royce to examine its renowned Trent 800 jet engines.
Massive Engines: Rotary Airplane Engines
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie explores how rotary engines work. Invented by Lawrence Hargrave, rotary engines powered some of the fastest WWI fighter planes.
Massive Engines: Saturn V Moon Rocket
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie gives us a tour of the Saturn V rocket engine. The Saturn V rocket engine gave the United States the edge in the race to be first to land on the moon.
Massive Engines: Spin Stabilization
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie explains how rockets can travel in a straight line using the concept of spin stabilization.
Massive Engines: Steam Powered Pumps
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie offers viewers an inside glimpse of one of the first steam engine fire pumps.
Massive Engines: Steam Shovel Horsepower
Using a steam shovel, host Chris Barrie details the concept of horsepower on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Steam Shovels
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows us how steam shovels work. Powered by steam engines, steam shovels became popular during the Industrial Revolution.
Massive Engines: Steam Turbine Power
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie learns about steam turbine power on a tour of the HMS Belfast. Powered by a turbine steam engine, the HMS Belfast helped defeat the German Schanhorst during WWII.
Massive Engines: The Caterpillar Engine
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows us the inner workings of the diesel engine of the Caterpillar. Powerful and fuel efficient, the Caterpillar can haul a massive 180 tons.
Massive Engines: The First Airplane Engine
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie shows us how petrol engines took flight with a little ingenuity from the Wright Brothers.
Massive Engines: The First Steam Powered Ships
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie sails back in time to learn about and take a ride on some of the first steam powered ships and boats.
Massive Engines: The First Steam Trucks
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie takes a spin on a 1926 Foden steam wagon, one of the first steam trucks.
Massive Engines: Tunnel Borer Navigation System
Go underground on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," as host Chris Barrie explains how the tunnel borer devours solid rock to create massive tunnels such as the Channel Tunnel and the Dublin Port Tunnel.
Massive Engines: Vintage Racing Gods
During the 1930s, engines such as the twelve cylinder in the 1933 Napier-Railton reached their most massive size. Find out who wins when host Chris Barrie races a Blower Bentley model against the Napier-Railton on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Watt Steam Engine Demo
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates how the Watt steam engine works.
Massive Engines: Watt Steam Engines
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie visits the Papplewick pumping house to see the Watt steam engine in action.