Earlier this year, the oft-mocked but actually quite important new branch of the military, the Space Force, revealed an image that was eerily reminiscent of Star Trek. Now the Space Force has revealed a new, sharper graphic which is the true logo of the force – and a motto to go with it: “Semper Supra” or “always on top”.
To be clear, the image released in January, which everyone thought looked a bit like Starfleet, is the seal for the Space Force branch of the military. The new, simpler one is the logo of the organization as a whole, which is the one with which we will see communications and recruitment. You can tell them apart because the new one looks like the Pontiac logo.
In a series of tweets, the Space Force explained the different elements of the logo. It’s not exactly esoteric stuff, but it’s nice to know the chrome is there for a reason and not just because it looks cool.
The silver border of the skyward-pointing delta shape, they said, “signifies defense and protection against all adversaries and threats emanating from the space domain.”
The middle section is black because it “embodies the vast darkness of deep space. Some feel fear and dread, but we prefer to be inspired and challenged.
And in the center is a star. It is Polaris, the pole star, which “guides.” This is why it is at the center of our logo.
The “bevelled elements”, being quadpartisan, symbolize the four armed forces supporting the branch: Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. They’re prickly because it makes them look a bit like rockets shooting into space.
As for the motto: “Semper Supra”, which means “always above”, could be interpreted as reassuring or threatening, depending on which end of the Space Force you are pointing at. It represents the “establishment, maintenance, and preservation” of the American presence in space, and of course for a soldier in the field, it is nice to think that he has the operational support of the Space Force always at -above. For others, it evokes spy satellites or orbital lasers.
Expect to see this logo a lot over the next few years as this new branch matures and recruits.
More importantly, the Space Force has horses:
Congratulations to Space Force for its new logo, and to Ghost for its beauty and strength.