It has been over fifty years since captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew from the original starship enterprise took to the skies for the first time, and the series may be more popular than ever, thanks to JJ Abrams’ wildly successful film reboots.

So, no surprise that Star Trek: Discovery, the new female-led tv series and the first since Star Trek Enterprise ended in 2005, is building up quite a bit of momentum ahead of its release later on this year.

Here is everything you need to know about the new series.

When is Star Trek: Discovery released on Netflix in the UK?

Netflix has confirmed that the new series will be released on Monday 25th September, one day after the opening episode is shown on US network CBS.

Unlike Netflix Original series, Star Trek: Discovery will be released weekly on Netflix, less than 24 hours after the episodes are shown in the States.

We also now know that the 15-episode season will be broken into two parts – the first eight episodes will air weekly on Mondays from 25th September until Monday 6th November. The second half of the season will then resume in January 2018.

Is there a trailer?

Yes. It gives us our first glimpse of the new ship, the new crew and announces that the show will take place a decade before the events of the original series. It also has some rather wonderful music playing over it.

Who will be in the cast?

Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green star as Captain Philippa Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham respectively.

They will be joined by deep make-up wearer extraordinaire Doug Jones, AKA the terrifying monsters with eyes in his hands in Pan’s Labyrinth, and Anthony Rapp (A Beautiful Mind).

How many episodes will there be?

There are 15 episodes in the season, but US broadcaster CBS has confirmed that the season will be split into two parts. The first eight will air weekly from Monday 25th September until Monday 6th November. The remaining seven will air in January 2018.

What is going to happen?

In a statement, Netflix said: "The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers."

Pretty ambiguous, I know. But, signs in the trailer suggest that Sonequa Martin Green’s character may be Vulcan. We do not take such matters lightly.

Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg have since confirmed that First Officer Michael Burnham is not from Vulcan, but that she is a human who has spent a lot of time on the planet attending the Vulcan Science Academy. They also teased how some of the early episodes will play out here.