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Space Force logo tweeted by Trump winks at ‘Star Trek’ insignia

(CNN) — President Donald Trump unveiled the new US Space Force logo on Friday — which appears to go boldly where a logo has gone before.

Trump tweeted an image of the new branch of the US military’s insignia, drawing immediate comparisons of the new logo to the Starfleet Starship “Star Trek” service insignia. The logo is also similar to the insignia of Air Force Space Command, which was the precursor to the Space Force, home to 16,000 active duty airmen and civilians.

“After consultation with our top 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 45th president tweeted.

A Space Force spokesperson said in a statement that the seal unveiled by Trump is actually the new official logo.

“The US Space Force seal honors the proud history of the Department of the Air Force and its long tradition of providing the world’s finest space capabilities,” the spokesperson said. “The delta symbol, the central design element of the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the United States Air Force; and was used in the first Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. Since then, the delta symbol has been a prominent feature of military space community emblems.

Maj. William Russell, a separate Space Force spokesman, said Trump was the one who chose the new logo from a series of options presented by the Air Force Department.

The similarities between the apparent Space Force logo and the “Star Trek” logo were immediately apparent to many Twitter users, including one who was on the classic sci-fi show.

George Takei, an actor who played Hikaru Sulu in the ‘Star Trek’ series and who is a vocal opponent of Trump, responded to the tweet, saying, “Ahem. We’re expecting royalties from it…”

In December, when Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, he also created the newest military service and the first new service since the creation of the United States Air Force in 1947. The Space Force is a branch of the military under the Department of the Air Force – as indicated in the logo tweeted by Trump – in the same way that the Marines are their own branch of the military but are part of the Department of the Navy.

Gen. John Raymond, the former commander of US Space Command and Air Force Space Command, told reporters at the signing that officials were in no rush to create the new branch insignia.

“There are, as you can imagine, thousands and thousands of actions that are going to have to take place, from what the uniform looks like, to the logo, to who is in the Space Force and who does not It’s not in Space Force,” Raymond said. “This work is in the planning stages and will continue to be refined.

Raymond added that “it will be very important that we get it right. A uniform, a crest, a song, it’s part of the culture of a service, so we’re not going to be in a rush to get something and not do it right.

“There’s a lot of work going on to that end – I don’t think it will take a long time to get there – but it’s not something we’re going to roll out from day one,” he said. added.

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