Today, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled the space force’s new badge, sparking a flurry of fans of Star Trek. But before accusing “plagiarism,” we must point to the fact that the Fleet badge of Voyager actually evolved from NASA’s Logo.
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Design elements like arrows, planets, and stars have been widely used for the past 13 years. Even the older version of nasa’s badge (the darker version of the 2004 version) dates back to 1982.
On December 20, 2019, the U.S. Air Force announced that Space Command has officially transitioned to the Space Force, making it the sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Media also explored previous versions of the Space Force logo revealed in 2019. As shown above, the changes from 1985 to 2002 are known.
On the right side of the image, the “New” Space Command logo is shown in December 2019. If the nuances of history are taken into account, the accusation that the U.S. space forces copied the Starship Voyage is not self-defeating.
Michael Okuda, the graphic designer at Ex Astris Scientia, who led the Star Trek design team for many years, is clearly more objective in his assessment of the matter.
The Fleet Command badge, first appeared in the DS9 S4E11 (Homefront) and then seen in the “In the Flesh” (VGR), reminiscent of NASA’s badge.
In recent years, Okuda has also partnered with NASA to develop signs such as the 2017 NASA Flight Operations Operations.
If one day knows the exact designer of the U.S. Space Force badge, themedia will never forget to ask him about the design concept and inspiration.