Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard is the largest of its type in the world. Around 80 active ship breaking yards line an eight-mile stretch of the coast, employing more than 200,000 Bangladeshis and accounting for half of all the steel in Bangladesh.
Ship breaking is the dismantling of ships for scrap recycling. Most ships have a lifespan of a 25-30 years before there is so much wear that repair becomes uneconomical, but the rising cost to insure and maintain aging vessels can make even younger vessels unprofitable to operate.
After workers spent several days cutting through the decks of a ship, a large section suddenly crashes, sending shards of steel flying toward the yard managers. Built in Split, Croatia, the cargo vessel Leona I was at sea for 30 years, about the average ship’s life span. Photo by Mike Hettwer.
NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, will be the most powerful rocket in history. The flexible, evolvable design of this advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle will meet a variety of crew and cargo mission needs.
In addition to carrying the Orion spacecraft, SLS will transfer important cargo, equipment and science experiments to deep space, providing the nation with a safe, affordable and sustainable means to expand our reach in the solar system.
It will allow astronauts aboard Orion to explore multiple deep-space destinations including an asteroid and ultimately Mars.
A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress from the US Air Force Museum collection is being moved over the Mad River Bridge, Ohio from Patterson Field to Wright Field, 1957.
Dozens of aircraft were moved simultaneously on public roads for a towing distance of about six miles (10 km); it was accomplished on a Sunday morning to avoid high traffic.
The House Arango, or locally known as Residencia Mar Brisas, designed by John Lautner in 1973, located on a steep hill in the bay of Acapulco, in the southwest of Mexico, with panoramic views over the white beaches and the Pacific Ocean.
The North American F-82 Twin Mustang was the last American piston-engine fighter ordered into production by the United States Air Force. Based on the P-51 Mustang, the F-82 was originally designed as a long-range escort fighter in World War II; however, the war ended well before the first production units were operational.
The Fiat S76 28.5-litre four-cylinder engined racecar, unofficially the fastest car in the world in 1911. Just two S76s were produced by the Italian manufacturer, with the aim of snatching the records for the flying kilometer and flying mile from the ‘Blitzen’ Benzes.
The S76 achieved the mile record with Pietro Bordino at the wheel at Saltburn Sands in 1911 and was officially recorded at over 135mph on a kilometre attempt at Ostend in Belgium, only to be denied the record as it was unable to complete a return run within the specified one hour.
The only car which still exists will turn a wheel for the first time in over 100 years when it tackles the Goodwood Hillclimb at the Festival of Speed on June 26-29 2014.
A weapons load crew member waits to load munitions on to a B-1 bomber during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, USA, Feb. 24, 2012.
The exercise covered a wide range of B-1B operations designed to test Airmen’s abilities to deliver precision and non-precision air strikes against enemy forces anywhere in the world. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kate Thornton.
Balloonfest ‘86 was a 1986 event in which the United Way of Cleveland, Ohio (USA) set a world record by releasing one and a half million balloons. While it was originally intended to be a fundraising publicity stunt, unintended consequences caused the balloons to drift back over the city and land in the surrounding area and Lake Erie, as well as interfere with traffic at a nearby airport.
The event also interfered with a United States Coast Guard search for two boaters who were later found drowned. The event resulted in lawsuits against organizers and the city seeking millions of US dollars for damages.
The Electronic Stopwatch (model 520), designed by Richard Sapper in 1974 for Heuer. Photo by Aldo Ballo.
An Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO with Hans-Joachim Stuck behind the wheel in 1989 at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, USA. The 5-cylinder-turbo produced around 600hp.
A Mercedes-Benz Actros truck transporting a giant mining haul truck over a local road. Unknown photographer and location.
The three propellers of the Titanic, as it is laying in a dry dock on Queen’s Island, now known as the Titanic Quarter, in Belfast Harbour which was part of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, 1911.
There was one propeller for each engine; the outer (or wing) propellers were the largest, each carrying three blades of manganese-bronze alloy with a total diameter of 23.5 feet (7,2 m). The middle propeller was slightly smaller at 17 feet (5,2 m) in diameter, and could be stopped but not reversed.
The rotor of this Siemens 6-MW wind turbine consists of a hub on which three rotor blades are attached. Usually each individual rotor blade is mounted separately on site at sea.
However, for the demonstration project Gunfleet Sands III the full rotor with a diameter of 120 meters was lifted onto the purpose-built vessel “Sea Installer”. The 6-MW wind turbine will be available in the future as standard with 75-meter long rotor blades giving a rotor diameter of 154 meters. The smaller rotor is only used for testing.