In December, President Donald Trump established the United States Space Force, a sixth branch of the United States Army.
The goal of the force is to protect United States assets in outer space from foreign rivals and is slated to cost around $2 billion in the next five years.
Today, Trump unveiled the official logo for the Space Force, but people think it bears a striking resemblance to another iconic symbol.
See if you can recognize it.
After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for… https://t.co/orSA6FGnTg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1579901512.0
Fans of the popular sci-fi franchise Star Trek instantly recognized it as the logo of Starfleet—an organization of the United Federation of Planets dedicated to exploring outer space and its inhabitants.
The Space Force logo looked eerily similar to the insignia that became synonymous with the franchise.
Trump just announced the new logo for the Space Force. The other is Star Trek Starfleet Command. https://t.co/S7NeYdjR4C— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1579902066.0
And fans weren't exactly happy about it.
THIS IS THE STARFLEET LOGO! THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TOOK A THING FROM A TV SHOW AND MADE IT THE OFFICIAL EMBLEM OF A BR… https://t.co/dHULxENHI8— Sopan Deb (@Sopan Deb) 1579901951.0
They seriously just ripped off the Starfleet logo? https://t.co/8ZBxvNKrxW— Jeff Asher (@Jeff Asher) 1579902224.0
Did Trump think no one would notice that Space Force and Starfleet Command logos are the goddamn same??????— mike freeman (@mike freeman) 1579903434.0
*rubs temples in exhaustion* Is that Starfleet insignia? Cc: @allenshull https://t.co/l3i2rFbVLx— William Wright (@William Wright) 1579902434.0
Some think that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's estate could have a case of infringement.
Who knew that the Space Force was going to lose its first battle... in an Eastern District of Texas courtroom for i… https://t.co/FfEqUyvrWp— Dexter Fergie (@Dexter Fergie) 1579902223.0
Donald Trump decided to rip off his Space Force logo from Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek, one day after everyone ju… https://t.co/5VFgraW63e— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report) 1579904075.0
Friends, we give to you the Starfleet Command logo, and the Space force logo. The estate of Gene Rodenberry are goi… https://t.co/U7YmM00AtM— Mike Holden (@Mike Holden) 1579902448.0
The announcement came right after the premiere of the new CBS series Star Trek: Picard.
What a timeline we find ourselves in.