“Building Star Trek” will turn the camera on staffers at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as they work to conserve and restore a 250-pound, 11-foot-long model of the U.S.S. Enterprise that was used in the original television series. The special will also follow work at the EMP Museum in Seattle to rebuild a model of the Enterprise bridge from the show using authentic props and set pieces.
Set to premiere Sept. 4 at 8 p.m., “Building Star Trek” also looks at at the current generation of scientists who are working to make technologies first dreamed up on the television show — such as warp drives, medical tricorders, cloaking devices and tractor beams — a reality. Smithsonian Channel is also launching a sweepstakes promotion in which fans can enter to win a trip to the Star Trek: Mission New York fan event.
Yap Films is producing “Building Star Trek” for Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada. Elliott Halpern and Elizabeth Trojian are executive producers for Yap Films. Mick Grogan is writer and director. David Royle, Charles Poe and Tim Evans serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.