Space & Innovation

Mega-Huge Tech Is Taking Over: Photos

Is bigger better? When it comes to machines, vehicles, robots and Ferris wheels, the answer is almost always, yes.

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Is bigger better? When it comes to machines, vehicles, robots and Ferris wheels, the answer is almost always, yes. But take a look at these enormous contraptions and decide for yourself.

TRUCK

The Belarus-based earthmoving equipment manufacturer

BelAZ

turned heads with its hulking hybrid-diesel 75710 truck design. Scheduled to be released in 2015, the efficient earthmover will have 23,000 horsepower and a payload capacity of nearly 500 tons.

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PLANE

NASA’s SGT

Super Guppy Transport

has a wingspan of more than 156 feet and a hinged nose so large that it can carry two T-38 aircraft inside. The Super Guppy flew the two planes from Houston to El Paso in early 2013.

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SOLAR SHIP

PlanetSolar’s catamaran Tûranor

is currently the largest ship in the world to run on solar power alone. Spanning more than 114 feet with flaps, the vessel has

sailed around the globe

and crossed the Atlantic in 22 days.

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TESLA COIL

The Electrum project’s 38-foot-tall, 130,000-watt Tesla coil was originally created by

Lighting On Demand

engineer Greg Leyh and sculptor Eric Orr. Now Leyh’s group is working on a pair of new 120-foot-tall coils to harness lightning.

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SHIP

Shell’s Prelude vessel is longer than the Empire State Building is tall. Designed to be the world’s largest floating facility for developing liquefied natural gas offshore, the

Prelude

will weigh more than 600,000 tons when completed.

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ROCKET

When NASA unveiled designs for a new 320-foot-tall

Deep Space Exploration System

in 2011, the plans called for a launchpad capable of sending astronauts farther into space than ever before. Work on the enormous system continues and will include testing the rocket engines this summer.

TUNNEL BORER

The world’s largest tunnel boring machine cost $80 million, is 326-feet long, 57.5-feet tall, weighs 7,000 tons and was aptly nicknamed Bertha. Operated by the

Washington State Department of Transportation

,

Bertha

has been digging the SR 99 tunnel under downtown

Seattle

.

SATELLITE

The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office

launched

the world’s largest satellite to orbit the Earth from a Delta 4 Heavy rocket in Cape Canaveral on November 21, 2010. The NROL-32’s mission was secret but it has likely been keeping a close eye on the planet.

WALKING ROBOT

Tradinno is a fire-breathing, 51-foot-tall dragon made by the German company

Zollner Elecktronik AG

that snagged the 2014 Guinness World Record for world’s largest walking robot. The remote-controlled beast also contains 21 gallons of fake blood.

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FERRIS WHEEL

The race to erect the world’s largest

Ferris wheel

is on. The

Singapore Flyer

observation wheel is more than 541-feet tall but will soon have competition from Las Vegas, Staten Island and Dubai, where a new project calls for a nearly 689-foot wheel called the Dubai Eye.

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