Last year, a team of Star Trek superfans ponied up more than $70,000 to buy a massive, screen-used shuttle from The Original Series with plans to make it fly again (well, at least to look like it could fly). Now, they’re almost finished.
Fans Adam Schneider and Alec Peters are just a few weeks away from finishing up their months-long restoration job on the dilapidated 24-foot-long, 9-foot-tall Galileo NCC-1701/7 shuttlecraft.
Before they stepped in, the prop had been stored outside for years. It was eventually sold at auction in July 2012.
The duo poured in their own time, money and energy to make it happen — and in an ingenious move, they partnered with a boat repair company to replace and fix the damaged components of the shuttle.
Schneider told Space the shuttle needed rescue because it’s not only a piece of Trek lore but also a reminder of what humanity aspires to be:
"If you looked prerestoration, all you would do is cry. When you look at the 'post,' you can see what the original design and intent was ... Star Trek is supposed to be our future in space. It is not fictional — it is, of course — but it isn't intended to be a galaxy far, far away. It is intended to be what we do on this planet with our capabilities over the next few hundred years, and as such, it's inspiring."
Check out a video of the restoration below, and marvel at this almost-lost piece of sci-fi legend: