President Donald Trump unveiled the new logo for the U.S. Space Force on Friday.
The U.S. Space Force was established as the sixth Armed Service of the United States when Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act into law last month.
“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military! pic.twitter.com/TC8pT4yHFT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2020
The new Space Force logo is similar to its predecessor, the U.S. Air Force Space Command logo.
Many Twitter users pointed out that the Space Force logo looks a lot like Star Trek’s Starfleet Command logo, including actor George Takei who played Sulu in the original Star Trek series.
Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this… https://t.co/msYcJMlqjh
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 24, 2020
But the Star Trek Star Fleet Command emblem was actually inspired by the 1959 NASA logo, according to Star Trek graphic designer Michael Okuda who created the Starfleet Command emblem.
It is not unusual for the U.S. Space Program to give an occasional nod to science fiction in both the civilian and military sectors.
The first NASA space shuttle was named Enterprise after a letter-writing campaign by Star Trek fans.