Engineers around the world tackle every conceivable challenge and regularly achieve the impossible. Tomorrow’s Technology is all about amazing adventures, intellectual and physical.
Faster, Higher, Stronger – technology has always been a driving force of human development. Engineers around the world tackle every conceivable challenge and regularly achieve the impossible. Tomorrow’s Technology is all about amazing adventures, intellectual and physical. Faster, Higher, Stronger – Tomorrow’s Technology tracks the latest developments from the drawing board to implementation. The brilliant engineers of today are helping to shape the world of tomorrow.
14 Airbus – Every Day A New Aircraft
Almost every day, a new aircraft leaves the Airbus plant in the northern German city of Hamburg. This is where the final assembly of the short- and medium-range A320 takes place – using components brought in from all over Europe. It’s also where the huge A380 gets a coat of high-performance varnish in the world’s largest painting hangar. New plastic components reinforced with carbon fiber are being developed to make the aircraft of the future lighter and more stable. Technicians and flight crews conduct virtual tests on each and every plane. The high-tech future is taking off.
15 The Port of the Future
Container ships have always been big and they are getting even bigger. More and more cargo has to be transported and handled as speedily as possible. But how will the world’s ports cope with these higher volumes in the coming decades? While Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port has focused on expanding its footprint, the port of Hamburg, where more real estate is not available, has focused on automation and rationalization, and Rotterdam has built the world’s first fully-automated terminals. What do these developments and trends mean for the ports of the future?
16 Offshore Heroes
Out on the high seas, the wind and waves rule – a fact that is respected by the builders of offshore wind farms, as they erect gigantic structures out at sea. One large German wind farm is 140 kilometers from the coast. Manufacturing the huge turbines on land is only the first challenge facing constructors. Living and working out at sea requires courage, strength and skill in a daily battle with the forces of nature.
17 High-tech Trucks on the Autobahn
In goods traffic on Germany’s highways, nothing is left to chance. The trucks are part of a high-precision logistics system. Customer deliveries are timed to the minute. To ensure the system works, trucks are monitored via satellite. Sensors in the asphalt count the vehicles: if there are too many on the roads, the speed limit on the digital road signs is reduced. Congestion managers provide real-time information to radio stations and navigation systems. The priorities are to prevent traffic jams and ensure maximum safety.
18 Man’s Dream of Flight
“I fly, therefore I am” – that is the idea driving inventors and engineers to fly ever higher and further using as few resources as possible. Their innovations, such as paragliders and wingsuits, are not only exciting for extreme sportsmen and women. Latest developments in ultra-light aircraft and solar aircraft are paving the way for a more flexible and environmentally-friendly future.