The new military wing of the United States Space Force revealed on Tuesday that one of its units will be called “Space Operations Command” or “SpOC” for short, after the pointy-eared character from “Star Trek”, Spock.
A serious statement from Space Force exposed its organizational structure, but made no reference to SpOC’s fictional predecessor who was the Starship Enterprise’s unflappable science officer.
“SpOC will be the primary provider of space forces and capabilities to combatant commanders, coalition partners, the joint force and the nation,” the statement said, adding that SpOC would be headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
In the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, Spock is a half-Vulcan, half-human alien known for the catchphrase “very illogical”, who was played by Leonard Nimoy.
President Donald Trump, who has described space as ‘the newest combat domain in the world’, founded Space Force as the nation’s sixth military branch after the Army, Air Force, Navy , navies and coastguards.
The SpOC unit is not the force’s first contact with “Star Trek”.
When Trump unveiled the Space Force logo in January, the design was widely compared to the franchise’s Starfleet “Star Trek” insignia, a fictional United Federation alliance peacekeeping and exploration force. of Planets.
The logo has appeared as a pin on the uniforms of Spock and his teammate Captain Kirk since the sci-fi classic launched in 1966.
Fans say “Star Trek” has a long history of foreshadowing true innovation, from tablets to needleless drug injectors and real-time translators.
US Space Force logo draws comparisons to ‘Star Trek’
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