Trump unveils Space Force logo

Cheryl Sanders
January 25, 2020

President Trump tweeted an image of the insignia with the message, "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!"

The branch - nestled under the Department of the Air Force - went into operation nearly immediately after the legislation was signed into law, but many questions still need to be decided as to how the new military service will function and who will serve in its ranks. It's not surprising that Trump, out of all people, would pick this one as the logo. The Space Force is a branch of the military under the Department of the Air Force - as noted in the logo tweeted by Trump - in the same way that the Marines are their own branch of the military but are within the Department of the Navy. First, he took shots at the beloved Barack Obama on Twitter in the midst of his impeachment trial.

Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this.

I feel like Melania must have had a hand in copyi-I mean, designing this.

Observers immediately noticed the similarity between the seal and Star Trek's Starfleet Command, leading one military veteran to claim the Air Force may have ripped off the design - but provides evidence that it happened long before President Trump took office.

Gen. John Raymond, the previous commander of US Space Command and Air Force Space Command, told reporters at the time of the signing that officials weren't in a "rush" to create the branch's new insignia. "Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. We're leading, but we're not leading by enough, and very shortly, we'll be leading by a lot".

As Star Trek alumnus and Trump critic, George Takei, who played the role of Hikaru Sulu, tweeted, "Ahem". At least, we can perhaps wish Space Force that they live long and prosper.

And the central feature of the logo wasn't the only part of the design that looked ... familiar.

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