The Pentagon has released its new US Space Force logo but many were quick to point out its striking resemblance to the logo of Star Trek's Starfleet Command.
US President Donald Trump unveiled the new logo on Twitter, saying we had been consulting with military leaders and designers before presenting the blue-and-white symbol.
It features an arrowhead shape centred on a planetary background and encircled by the words “United States Space Force” and “Department of the Air Force.”
George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu in the original “Star Trek” TV series and films, tweeted in response:
“Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this.”
The logo, which bears the date 2019 in Roman numerals, is also similar in design to that of Air Force Space Command, from which Space Force was created by legislation Mr Trump signed in last month.
Space Force is the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947.
It is meant mainly to improve the protection of US satellites and other space assets, rather than to put soldiers into orbit to conduct combat in outer space.
The idea became a regular applause line for Mr Trump at his political rallies. He originally wanted a Space Force that was “separate but equal” to the Army, Navy and Air Force, but instead, Congress made it part of the Department of the Air Force.
Others were also quick to defend the log, including John Noon, a former Lieutenant in the US Air Force.
Cover image: The new US Space Force Logo (Picture: US Air Force).