Today the new incarnation of the United States Space Force logo was revealed by Donald Trump. This logo should look familiar to you. It would very much feel like a reincarnation of his former self – not to mention a clear reminder of the origins and controversy over the original. And yes, it looks a lot like the Star Trek Starfleet Command insignia, largely because all of those symbols are designed to mimic each other – for real.
The Air Force Space Command logo you see here – the one that looks like a badge, with the arrow, planet and stars – has been around and in official use for at least 13 years. There is an even older version – slightly darker, but essentially the same, which has been in use since 2004 – the original dates back to 1982.
On December 20, 2019, the Air Force Space Command transitioned to the US Space Force. The US Space Force is now the 6th branch of the US military. We also explored previous incarnations of the Space Force logo revealed in 2019.
Above you will see the United States Space Command logo (flag) as it existed from 1985 to 2002. On the right you will see the “new” Space Command flag revealed in December 2019, as captured in the Getty Image below. These have a little less to do with Star Trek, and more to do with a peaceful workforce transition.
Per Ex Astris Scientia, Michael Okuda, Star Trek’s graphic artist and lead designer for many, many years, commented on his design of the Starfleet Command seal – as seen in an incarnation at the top of this article. “The Starfleet Command sigil was first seen in ‘Homefront’ (DS9) and later in ‘In the Flesh’ (VGR), although the agency itself of course dates back to the original Star series Trek. The symbol was meant to be somewhat reminiscent of the NASA emblem.”
More recently, Okuda has also worked with NASA on symbols such as the 2017 NASA Flight Operations Emblem. inspired its design.