11:27 Jul. 7, 2016
The federal government could develop the sci-fi technology by 2035
It has been the dream of science fiction fans since they first saw Captain Kirk and Spock disappear from the deck of the Enterprise, only to reappear on a planet in a haze of light.
Now scientists in Russia are on a mission to bring Star Trek-style teleportation to life as part of a multi-trillion Rouble research and development drive.
Russian investors say the plan isn't as far-fetched as it may seem, with much of the common technology used today inspired by sci-fi of decades gone by.
According to the Telegraph, the Russian government could develop the technology by 2035 as part of a USD 2.1 trillion (£1.4 trillion) roadmap for cybernetics.
The federal government recently announced its plans to invest more than 10 billion roubles (£150 million) over the next two years into a ‘National Technology Initiative'.
Russia aims to use the project as a launch pad to develop technologies that will drive its economy in the next 20 years.
Scientists have proved teleportation is possible – at the subatomic scale at least.
In 2014, a Dutch group proved they could transfer the properties of one atom to another, 'teleporting' the information over a distance of three metres.