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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.