The Space Force (the military branch, not the Netflix show) has unveiled its official logo, which, like its official seal, appears to be a tribute to the United Federation of Planets or the defunct Pontiac.
“Our logo is the Delta with an embedded North Star to guide us as we build a new service to secure the space domain,” Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett wrote in a July 22 memo posted on the ‘unofficial Air Force amn. /nco/snco Facebook.
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To accompany the new logo, The Space Force also has an official motto: “Sempra Supra”; which translates to “Always on Top,” Barrett wrote.
In January, the service branch unveiled its official seal, which is used for official correspondence and other internal communications, Space Force spokeswoman Lynn Kirby said.
More than one casual observer has noticed that the triangle – or delta – bears a striking resemblance to the shape of the Starfleet Command insignia in “Star Trek”.
In fact, George Takei, who played Captain Sulu in the original series, wrote in the Washington Post that the Space Force sigil actually evoked the dystopian version of humanity represented by the Earth Empire – a parallel universe in which the Earth is the center of an interstellar fascist regime.
But Kirby explained that the power triangle — a term coined and trademarked by Task & Purpose — at the heart of the Space Force logo is steeped in Air Force history.
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“The delta symbol, the central design element of the logo, was first used as early as 1942 by the United States Air Force; and was used in the Air Force’s earliest space organization emblems dating back to 1961,” Kirby said. Since then, the delta symbol has been an important feature of military space community emblems.
“The U.S. Space Force’s motto, “Semper Supra” (Always Above), represents the service’s role in establishing, maintaining, and preserving the United States’ freedom of space operations “, she continued. “The motto reflects the US Space Force’s enduring commitment to safeguarding the benefits of the ultimate heights.”
Understood. But it’s worth noting that the logo still looks a lot like an upside-down Pontiac badge.
For those of you who are too young to remember what a Pontiac used to look like: Do you remember the scene from “Billy Madison” where Adam Sandler sits on the hood of a car while listening to “The Stroke by Billy Squier? It was a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
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