(France Media Agency)
Washington, United States ●
Sun January 26, 2020
US President Donald Trump unveiled the Space Force logo on Friday, drawing critics who said the new US military branch had boldly gone where star trek went before.
With a central arrowhead-like symbol surrounded by an orbiting object and set against a starry background, many users claimed the design was stolen from the famous sci-fi franchise.
But a branch spokesperson hit back, saying the “Delta” emblem had been used by Air Force space organizations as early as 1961, before the first star trek program broadcast.
“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!” Trump wrote about the branch he championed, which started in December 2019.
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! pic.twitter.com/TC8pT4yHFT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2020
This immediately drew mockery from social media users.
“I should have consulted Gene Roddenberry’s lawyers,” said the popular “Pourmecoffee” account, referring to the late screenwriter and producer of star trekthe original series of and its first spin-off, The next generation.
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The logo bears an eerie resemblance to the insignia of Starfleet – the United Federation of Planets alliance peacekeeping and exploration force, headquartered on Earth and whose adversaries include the Klingons and Romulans.
He appeared as a pin on the uniforms of the iconic star trek characters such as Captain Kirk and Spock since the original series debuted in 1966 and continue to appear in current franchise shows and films.
star trek indeed has a long history of influencing real-world innovations, from tablet computers to needle-free drug injectors and real-time translators.
A US Space Force spokesperson, however, said the criticism was highly illogical.
“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 emblems of the Army Space Organization. the tune from 1961,” the spokesperson said.