Earlier this year, the oft-mocked but actually pretty important new branch of the military, the Space Force, revealed an image that was suspiciously reminiscent of Star Trek. Now the Space Force has revealed a new, sharper graphic that is the force's actual logo — and a motto to go with it: "Semper Supra," or "always above."
To be clear, the image revealed in January, which everyone thought looked quite a bit like Starfleet's, is the seal for the Space Force branch of the military. The new, simpler one is the logo for the organization as a whole, which is the one we'll see communications and recruiting branded with. You can tell them apart because the new one looks like the Pontiac logo.
In a series of tweets, the Space Force explained the various elements of the logo. It's not exactly esoteric stuff, but it's nice to know the chrome is there for a reason and not just because it looks cool.
Image Credits: U.S. Space Force
The silver border of the skyward-pointing delta shape, they said, "signifies defense and protection from all adversaries and threats emanating from the space domain."
The middle part is black because it "embodies the vast darkness of deep space. Some feel fear and dread but we prefer to be inspired and stand up to the challenge."
And in the very center is a star. It's Polaris, the north star, which "guides. That's why it is in the center of our logo."
The "beveled elements," being quadpartite, symbolize the four armed forces supporting the branch: Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. They're spiky because it makes them look a bit like rockets shooting into space.
As for the motto: "Semper Supra," meaning "always above," could be construed as either reassuring or menacing, depending on which end of the Space Force you've got pointing at you. It represents "establishing, maintaining, and preserving" the U.S. presence in space, and of course to a soldier on the ground, it's nice to think that they have operational support from the always-above Space Force. For others, it brings to mind spy satellites or orbital lasers.
Expect to see this logo a lot over the next few years as this new branch matures and recruits.
More importantly, the Space Force has horses:
You have heard of a MW🐕 but what about a MW🐎?
Protecting our access to space involves many unique aspects, including welcoming @30thSpaceWing's newest Military Working Horse to their Conservation Military Working Horse program. Ghost is a 5 year old @BLMNational Mustang. pic.twitter.com/r1dAd0plsc
— United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) July 23, 2020
Congratulations to the Space Force on their new logo, and to Ghost for being beautiful and strong.