The United States Space Force (USSF) released its new logo and motto last week


The United States Space Force (USSF) released its new logo and motto last week (Space News). ~

According to the USSF website, the logo’s delta symbol “honor[s] the heritage and history of the US Space Force”, the border represents protection and defense, the spires represent the action of a rocket launch, the central star represents polaris and the USSF’s core values, the “four beveled elements” represent the four military branches backing up the USSF, and the black background represents the infinite darkness of space. The new motto “Semper Supra” means “always above” (Tech Crunch). ~

The USSF, the sixth branch of the armed forces, was established on December 20, 2019, under the administration of President Donald Trump, within the Department of the Air Force ( The USSF replaced the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in an effort to prevent duplication of services within the US Military ( According to the US Government, the US Space Force’s mission is to “organize, train, and equip space forces in order to protect US and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.” In January, the USSF unveiled its formal seal, which was designed based on the AFSPC logo (The Verge). In May, they unveiled their flag (The Verge). ~

When released, the USSF seal received complaints of copying the layout of Star Trek’s Starfleet logo and the stars from NASA’s logo (The Verge). Critics of the force are concerned about the increased militarization of space, commenting on the big-brother-esque motto (Tech Crunch). Speaking at the Satellite 2020 conference earlier this year, however, US Air Force Lt. Gen. David Thompson, who also serves as vice commander of the Space Force, said that the country needs a Space Force because “so much of our day-to-day lives depends on operations in space,” going on to cite the “GPS satellites that help us navigate and the satellites that provide us internet service,” ( “For the nation, for national security, for our forces and perhaps ultimately for civil and economic benefit, we now have to be prepared to do that in the face of threats,” Thompson said. ~


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