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This State-of-the-Art Aircraft Carrier Relies on Old Technology

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The USS Vinson is one of the most advanced and sophisticated aircraft carriers around. Yet some of its key functions are powered by a 300-year old technology: steam.

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For 40 years, Nimitz-class aircraft carriers have delivered U.S. military might all over the globe. But now these legendary ships are being slowly phased out for a new fleet of supercarriers. Former NASA rocket engineer Chad Zdenek spends a week aboard the USS Carl Vinson with a team of engineers, mechanics, and sailors to uncover the engineering innovations that allowed this ship to launch, land, and relaunch more planes, more quickly than ever before.

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