On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intention of creating another branch of the military that he dubbed Space Force.
During a meeting of the National Space Council, the President stated:
“When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. So important. Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.”
We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal. It is going to be something. So important.”
During a speech at the Pentagon on August 9, Vice President Mike Pence—the Chairman of the National Space Council— expanded on the plans to establish this Space Force.
Space Force all the way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018
The Department of Defense also issued an official statement. And shortly thereafter the Trump campaign sent an email to their Trump Pence Make America Great Again Committee donors asking them to vote on logo designs for the new military branch.
Its The Trump 2020 Campaign #SpaceForce Logo Contest https://t.co/ykG5aMGoP6
According to this Trump 2020 email “We have to make a final decision on the design we will use to commemorate President Trump’s new Space Force-and he wants YOU to have a say Vote for your favorite logo” pic.twitter.com/w5flodctZL
— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 9, 2018
The message also mentions upcoming sales of a “new line of gear.”
The Trump/Pence PAC is already trying to monetize the Space Force:
“As a way to celebrate President Trump’s huge announcement, our campaign will be selling a new line of gear.” pic.twitter.com/x9jadkNiHG
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) August 9, 2018
But the internet being what it is, came up with some alternate designs of their own.
— Tim Roberts (@21stCenturyTim) August 9, 2018
Please vote for my Space Force logo pic.twitter.com/FHBvwvPfSe
— Christa Mrgan (@antichrista) August 9, 2018
— Bryan Frazier (@B_D_Frazier) August 9, 2018
A few referenced another “force” from a galaxy far, far away.
And some even suggested a first project for the new military branch.
However some people saw a few similarities between the new logos and some existing ones. Like this image and NASA.
Cute, but like… The Space Force would have literally nothing to do with Mars? Unless… I guess we could go to war with Martians, then this this logo might be relevant. pic.twitter.com/LnoiVjnqfp
— Miriam Kramer (@mirikramer) August 9, 2018
Looks kind of familiar …… pic.twitter.com/QfMe2fxyG0
— The_Ouroborus (@The_Ouroborus) August 10, 2018
While some were less than kind in their suggestions.
— Tommy Rotten (@Beardyknave) August 10, 2018
Here’s a good logo for your Space Force. pic.twitter.com/gjdhSjmzin
— Mike JR (@sportaholic13) August 10, 2018
Hi @realDonaldTrump I heard you are looking for logos for your new SPACE FORCE! As a professional graphic designer, I would like to offer you my logo design idea, free of charge! It’s the least I can do to give back. pic.twitter.com/oe522hVdzc
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) August 9, 2018
I think this is the most accurate Space Force logo pic.twitter.com/lopOJu1vm1
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) August 10, 2018
Motto: A black hole you throw money into. pic.twitter.com/tbgELZ1hJ6
— McSpocky™ 👽🖖 (@mcspocky) August 9, 2018
— Nick Vucic (@npv708) August 10, 2018
The Space Force logo that Trump supporters want. pic.twitter.com/NW1YlEQi48
— InterStateFC (@InterStateFC) August 9, 2018
While some artists and organizations gave multiple options like in the following suggestions.