The US Space Force has enlisted a SPOC. The 14th Air Force unit is transferred from Air Force to Space Force. Upon joining Space Force, the unit will be renamed Space Operations Command. Its acronym will become SPOC, which seems like a clear nod to the iconic star trek character Mr. Spock. Leonard Nimoy created the character in Star Trek: The Original Series. Zachary Quinto plays a younger version of the character in the reboot star trek film series. More recently, Ethan Peck played Spock in the star trek prequel series Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access.
According to the Air Force, “SPOC provides space-based capabilities such as space domain awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, navigational warfare, command and control, and positioning, navigation and timing, on behalf of the USSF for USSPACECOM and other combatant commands.”
On December 20, 2019, the Trump administration officially launched Space Force, the new American military branch tasked with defending American democracy in space. Space Force launched with a modest staff of 200 and a budget of $40 million to cover its first year. It was enough for SpaceX founder Elon Musk to announce it as the start of the star trek time. Musk took to Twitter after Space Force’s founding moments to declare “Starfleet begins,” comparing Space Force to the interstellar explorers of the star trek universe. This isn’t the first time Musk has compared Space Force to Starfleet. In September, when asked on Twitter if he supported Space Force, Musk replied, “Definitely for Space Force. We have to make Starfleet real.”
Although Starfleet is part of star trek, Space Force gets its own TV series, but with a different tenor. A space force TV series starring Steve Carrell is heading to Netflix. Netflix announced the new series with a video teaser in January. The teaser message read: “On June 18, 2018, the federal government announced the creation of a 6th Major Division of the United States Armed Forces. The purpose of the new branch is ‘to defend satellites from attack’ and ‘to perform other space operations-related tasks’…or something like that. It’s the story of men and women who have to get by.”
Carell reconnects with the Officeby Greg Daniels for the new series. In space forceCarell is joined by co-stars John Malkovich (The new pope), Ben Schwartz (Parks and recreation, house of lies), Diana Silvers (Library, MY) and Tawny Newsome (Bajillion Dollar Property $). Recurring guest stars include Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, crazy rich asian) and Alex Sparrow (Unreal, The Vatican Bands). Paul King, BAFTA-nominated director (Paddington, Paddington 2) will direct two episodes of space forceincluding the driver.