How to fake the moon

From Atomic Frontier. NASA’s Artemis missions have generated a new interest in lunar simulant for testing our future spacecraft and equiptment on the harsh surface of the moon. I visited the University of Central Florida’s Exolith Lab to find out how we’re making LHS. Check out Exolith at: https://spaceresourcetech.com/ ———- II ———- 0:00 That’s no…

How to launch a nuclear missile

From Atomic Frontier. Inside the world’s last Titan II nuclear silo. During the Cold War this structure held the most powerful weapon ever deployed by the United States. Today the warhead is gone but eveything else remains; giving me the perfect oportunity to explore the engineering and logistics behind how to launch a nuclear ICBM.…

The Satellite Orbit Tier List

From Atomic Frontier. Space is filled with satellites in interesting orbits, but which one is best? A crash course in astrodynamics in the format of "the BBC if they decided make a tier list video". 0:00 Introduction 1:05 Very Low Earth 1:55 International Space Station 2:36 Walker Constellation 3:12 Sun Synchronous 4:00 GPS 4:46 Flower…

Inside America’s Strategic Nut Reserve

From Atomic Frontier. I explored the U.S. National Arboretum Herbarium to find out what it takes to protect America’s food biosecurity and (maybe) find some new species. Huge thanks to Harlan Scoboda and the team at the U.S. National Arboretum Herbarium. ———- II ———- This video was brought to you by an unhealthy amount of…

How To Reverse a River

From Atomic Frontier. The Chicago River is flowing backwards, rather than going downhill from inland Illinois into Lake Michigan instead it goes in the opposite direction. This isn’t some quirk of nature, but an engineering megaproject – indeed four engineering megaprojects – on a scale quite unlike anything else on Earth. So, what does it…

Why it’s impossible to predict the weather

From Atomic Frontier. Weather forecasts are an essential part of the modern world, but how did we get here? We explore a dome of mathematicians, a butterfly-beating supercomputer, and some very smart leeches. Covering some of the contributions of Dr George Merryweather, Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, Prof Vilhelm Bjerknes, Dr Lewis Fry Richardson, Dr Joanne Simpson,…

Inside America’s Super Smelter

From Atomic Frontier. I have a go at industrial copper smelting and meet some incredible engineers! This process is far more complex – and significantly more ancient – than I ever imagined. Huge thanks to the teams at Rio Tinto, the Copperton Concentrator, and Kennecott Copper Smelter for showing me around their facilities and making…

Surviving the World’s Biggest Avalanche

From Atomic Frontier. How to stay alive if you’re trapped in an avalanche. I go skiing to understand the physics of these deadly forces of nature and test out some of the incredible engineering technology being used to keep people safe. ———- II ———- This video was brought to you by an unhealthy amount of…

How Planetariums Got So Good

From Atomic Frontier. Planetariums showcase the latest in our technological innovation and scientific understanding. With the help of some friends I explore their past, present, and future. Check out Romke’s video on the Mark 1 Projector: https://youtu.be/puDKO1lItMY ———- II ———- This video was brought to you by an unhealthy amount of coffee and our awesome…

Can you blow down a skyscraper?

From Atomic Frontier. I head to New York City with a leaf blower to find out what keeps buildings from swaying in the wind and to take a look at one building that didn’t quite get the calculation right. ———- II ———- This video was brought to you by an unhealthy amount of coffee and…