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Air Transport (02:29)


Planes have made long distance travel efficient and expedient. Annually, five billion flights are made worldwide.

Flying Nonstop (03:50)

During the mid-1900s, Gander International was the busiest airport in the world; transatlantic journeys required the stop. The Boeing 747 was the first commercial aircraft to make the flight uninterrupted. The original double-deck jet had luxury class sections and massive coach capacity.

Freight Jets (04:05)

Manufacturers of the 787 Dreamliner aspire to meet high demands for jumbo jets. The planes are constructed with prefabricated components; pieces are made in several countries. The Dream Lifter is a modified, massive 747 designed solely to transport the parts.

Freight Boats (06:04)

China boasts six of the world's largest ports; cargo ship construction requires a massive workforce, and tons of raw materials. The largest crane in the world is required for assembly, and has a capacity of 13,000 shipping containers.

The World's Biggest Pickup Truck (05:40)

The Ocean Monarch is a transportable deep sea drilling platform; the Blue Marlin is the largest ship on the planet and is exclusively capable of moving the rig. It must be mostly submerged before lifting the drilling plant from below. Lineup must be exact or both vessels could be damaged.

Chinese Expressway (07:14)

China is the largest road builder; the G50 spans the nation. At half a kilometer over the river valley, Siduhe Bridge is the world's highest. The Fourth Nanjing Bridge will be one of the longest suspension bridges; builders hang its strong, steel cables from dangerous heights.

Automobiles (05:46)

There are more than one billion internal combustion vehicles on Earth. Cities are planned to accommodate them, but congestion is problematic. Professor Chris Gerdes asserts that autonomous racing cars will safely reduce traffic, and provides demonstration.

Mass Rapid Transit (03:29)

There are 150 subway systems worldwide. The London Tube moves three million people a day. The busiest metro is in Tokyo, with eight million riders daily.

Satellite Office (07:09)

The commute to the International Space Station is 250 miles, and takes nine minutes. Soyuz rockets are prefabricated, disposable boosters; their use allows for more scientists to work in orbit, and are expected to create a tourist industry.

Credits: The Way We Move (00:33)

Credits: The Way We Move

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Generation Earth: The Way We Move

Part of the Series : Generation Earth
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Exploring how we can travel further and faster than ever before—and how our desire to shrink the world is inspiring some of the most extraordinary engineering projects on the planet. We take a treacherous walk along what will be one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, and discover how to move an object the size of Buckingham Palace half way around the globe. We examine how we have created a permanent home beyond the atmosphere in space and here on earth.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: FMK185461

ISBN: 978-1-64623-937-5

Copyright date: ©2012

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