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President Donald Trump and senior military officials unveiled the US Space Force flag, which resembles the iconic “Star Trek” emblem.

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President Donald Trump and senior military officials on Friday unveiled the US Space Force flag, a symbol of the nation’s first new branch of service in more than 70 years.

“Space is going to be the future, both in terms of defense and offense and so many other things,” Trump said during the deployment ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House. “And already, from what I’m hearing and based on the reports, we’re now the leader in space.”

The Space Force’s senior airman rank of chief master sergeant also made its first appearance. Roger Toberman. The rank looks almost identical to the rank of the US Air Force, except for the Space Force insignia in the center.

The Space Force symbol was used as early as 1942 by the United States Air Force. The delta insignia in the center was a feature of military space community crests, and the North Star depicted signified “our core value, our beacon”, according to U.S. Space Force General Jay Raymond. Additionally, Raymond said that the encirclement of the globe on the emblem fueled the “American way of life”.

The Roman numerals at the bottom indicate the year of its creation under the Ministry of the Air Force.

The symbol was first unveiled in January, when it was widely mocked for resembling an emblem from “Star Trek,” the long-running sci-fi TV show.

People on social media like Twitter have pointed out the similarities between the Space Force symbol and the show’s fictional Starfleet logo. According to Star Trek fans, the shape of the large centered chevron and accompanying stars mimics the series logo.

George Takei, the actor who starred in the series as Hikaru Sulu, jokingly suggested that the series should be paid: “Ahem. We expect royalties from it,” he said in a tweet.

Space Force aims to assign 16,000 U.S. Space Command Airmen by the end of 2020.

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