The United States Space Force (USSF) was established by former President Donald J. Trump in December of 2019. According to its web site, “the USSF is a navy service that organizes, trains, and equips house forces as a way to defend U.S. and allied pursuits in house and to offer house capabilities to the joint power.” The obligations of this space-centered department of the navy embrace “creating Guardians, buying navy house methods, maturing the navy doctrine for house energy, and organizing house forces.”
Since Trump introduced his intention to create Space Force, the latest department of the navy has been the topic of derision. As Wired identified in a function concerning the institution of the USSF, “The solely headlines Space Force has made thus far have come amid jokes, memes, and controversies.” The navy department even impressed a parody show that launched on Netflix mere months after the USSF’s creation.
Many of the jokes and memes about Space Force are centered on the truth that the navy department appears to be basing a lot of its aesthetic on “Star Trek.” These are all of the ways in which Space Force has copied Trek… thus far.
In January 2020, the Trump administration revealed the official brand for the Space Force, and the Internet collectively misplaced their minds. The brand was shockingly just like the Starfleet Command brand. Both function Delta symbols encompassed in stars and the road of a planetary orbit, surrounded by a round border. Both logos show the identify of the group inside the round border. Even the colour scheme is comparable.
“Star Trek” actors have been fast to level out the similarities as nicely. George Takei, who performed Lieutenant Sulu in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” joked that Trek stars can be “anticipating some royalties” for using the Starfleet brand.
However, his criticisms obtained extra severe a day later. Takei penned an essay about how Space Force’s mission was in battle with the beliefs of “Star Trek” and included a scathing takedown of Trump’s pet undertaking. The essay was revealed in The Washington Post on January 25, 2020.
Twitter users relentlessly mocked the emblem and known as out Trump for “ripping off” Trek.
The criticism prompted the USSF to respond via Twitter, albeit months later. The navy department defined that the Delta has lengthy been a logo related to house organizations and that it was used previous to the conception of “Star Trek.” A web page on the USSF web site explains all of the symbology behind the emblem.
The Rank Insignias
In September of 2021, the Space Force released the first images of the rank insignias that the navy department will use. Though the similarities between the Space Force insignias and the Starfleet insignias aren’t as apparent because the similarities between the logos, the Trek “vibes” are nonetheless sturdy, as one Twitter person wrote.
The insignias for the Specialists and Master Sargeants bear essentially the most resemblance to the Starfleet insignia. According to Memory Alpha, the Starfleet insignia used within the 2370s and 2380s consisted of the Delta image over two related bars.
The Space Force Specialist insignias function the Delta image over one, two, or three strains, relying on rank, making them fairly just like the late Twenty fourth century Starfleet insignias. The Master Sargeant insignias bear much less resemblance to any Starfleet insignia. However, the Delta over a collection of strains continues to be paying homage to the late Twenty fourth-century design.
Of course, these factors weren’t misplaced on Twitter users.
Just a day later, the Space Force unveiled the proposed design for the department’s uniforms. Again, the comparisons to “Star Trek” got here quick and livid.
Many pointed out that the uniforms have been fairly just like the Starfleet uniforms from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Another fan wrote that the uniforms seemed extra like unique Starfleet costume uniforms in “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
Fans of science fiction exterior the Trekverse remarked that the uniforms are additionally strikingly similar to the uniforms from “Battlestar Galactica.”
As extra details about the latest department of the navy is launched, it is doable that extra commonalities can be revealed.