New footage from Building Star Trek series, which goes behind the reality of sci-fi tech

It’s hard to believe it’s been a full 50 years since Star Trek made its debut, but during that half-century a fair bit of those unbelievable future-ideas have become real-life tech.

That’s where Building Star Trek comes in, a new special airing on the Smithsonian Channel that looks at the real-life technology that’s evolved from the inspiration of Trek. It also takes a look into the future, and how scientists are on the verge of adapting some of that Trek tech. From the early development of real-life warp drives (which admittedly still have a long way to go) to medical tricorders, invisibility cloaks and teleporters, Building Star Trek will take a deep dive into them all.

In addition to the real-life technology, the special will also take a hard look at the Smithsonian’s ambitious efforts to restore and conserve the original 11-foot, 250-pound model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series. It came out fantastic, but it was apparently one heck of a feat to keep the model alive.

Building Star Trek premieres Sunday, Sept. 4, on the Smithsonian Channel.

Check out some clips from the series below and let us know what you think:

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