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City in the Sky

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There are around a million people airborne at any one time and keeping that number of people safely aloft depends on complex global networks and astonishing technology that stretches our ingenuity to the absolute limit.

In this programme science broadcaster, Dallas Campbell and Dr. Hannah Fry explore just what it takes to keep this city in the sky safe between take-off and landing. Dallas discovers just how pilots find their way across thousands of miles of sky in the dead of night. Hannah meets up with the air traffic controllers who are responsible for the busiest airspace in the world - over Atlanta in southeast America – and reveal just what is involved in co-ordinating the 100,000 flights that cross the globe every day, while avoiding collisions.

City in the Sky

City in the Sky

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Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday May 1 at 12:15pm

Departure

Episode 1 | Series 1

There are around a million people airborne at any one time

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 4:20am

Departure

Episode 1 | Series 1

There are around a million people airborne at any one time

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 12:25pm

Airbourne

Episode 2 | Series 1

Dallas discovers how pilots find their way across thousands of miles of sky in the dead of night.

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 4:25am

Airbourne

Episode 2 | Series 1

Dallas discovers how pilots find their way across thousands of miles of sky in the dead of night.

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 12:30pm

Arrival

Episode 3 | Series 1

Meet the air traffic controllers who, at some times of the year, deal with over 1000 flights a day arriving at the busiest airport in the world. The team also find out what the future…

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday May 4 at 4:45am

Arrival

Episode 3 | Series 1

Meet the air traffic controllers who, at some times of the year, deal with over 1000 flights a day arriving at the busiest airport in the world. The team also find out what the future…

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 11:15pm

Departure

Episode 1 | Series 1

There are around a million people airborne at any one time

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday May 6 at 12:15am

Airbourne

Episode 2 | Series 1

Dallas discovers how pilots find their way across thousands of miles of sky in the dead of night.

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday May 6 at 1:15am

Arrival

Episode 3 | Series 1

Meet the air traffic controllers who, at some times of the year, deal with over 1000 flights a day arriving at the busiest airport in the world. The team also find out what the future…

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