Survival in the Skies

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season

They eject us from planes when disaster strikes. They gently guide us to Earth from thousands of feet in the air. They transport us with amazing speed and remarkable safety. And they keep us alive in the most extreme environments humans have ever explored. This series tells the stories behind the machines and devices that help us survive in the skies--space suits, parachutes, ejection seats, and jet engines--and how they evolved from humble beginnings to incredible instruments that have changed the world and lifted us to new heights.

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The Jet Race
4. The Jet Race
June 26, 2016
The jet engine changed civilization forever, making global travel cheaper and faster. More than 100,000 commercial jet flights take off and land every day, while super high-tech military jets can blast through the sky at over six times the speed of sound. From the first prototype gas-turbine engine to tomorrow's hypersonic jets, this is the ultimate history of the jet innovation, told by the inventors and pioneers who risked their lives to pilot them to new heights and speeds.
Ejection Seats
3. Ejection Seats
June 19, 2016
When a fighter jet is spiraling out of control, a rocket-powered ejection seat may be the pilot's only hope of salvation. Originally designed as a spring-loaded chair, today's ejection seats are $100,000 computer-controlled flying machines that have saved the lives of over 10,000 pilots. Discover the stories of the pilots whose lives were saved and the inventors who risked it all to design and test new generations of ejection seats.
Parachutes
2. Parachutes
June 12, 2016
Parachutes have saved more than 100,000 lives since their invention, and using one is now safer than driving a car. But the development of this life-saver required huge leaps of faith by pioneering engineers and courageous test jumpers who risked their lives for innovation. Discover the untold story of parachutes, from the early test-jumps from WWI biplanes to the massive chutes that land vehicles on Mars.
Space Suits
1. Space Suits
June 5, 2016
Space Suits reveals the technology that allowed Neil Armstrong to walk on the moon in 1969 and which will eventually allow explorers to walk on Mars. Engineers, fashion designers and astronauts tell the story of a "spacecraft you can wear." From the first crude suits that nearly killed early cosmonauts, to the reusable "personal habitats" of the Space Station, discover the evolution of the technology that allows humans to thrive in the most hostile conditions in the universe.
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They eject us from planes when disaster strikes. They gently guide us to Earth from thousands of feet in the air. They transport us with amazing speed and remarkable safety. And they keep us alive in the most extreme environments humans have ever explored. This series tells the stories behind the machines and devices that help us survive in the skies--space suits, parachutes, ejection seats, and jet engines--and how they evolved from humble beginnings to incredible instruments that have changed the world and lifted us to new heights.Survival in the Skies is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on June 5, 2016.

Where to Watch Survival in the Skies

Survival in the Skies is available for streaming on the Smithsonian website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Survival in the Skies on demand at Paramount+, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    June 5, 2016