From: Fisher Space Pen Co.
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022
Fisher Space Pen debuts its new AG7 Nickel Titanium Moonwalker Astronaut Space Pen in honor of NASA’s planned return to the Moon via its Artemis Lunar Exploration Program. The new AG7 Moonwalker Space Pen represents Fisher Space Pen’s commitment to a new era of space travel, continuing to serve the needs of NASA and its commercial and international partners as they establish the first long-term human-robotic presence on and around the Moon. The Moonwalker Space Pen is Made in America, constructed of solid brass, finished in nickel titanium, with a retractable side release button and sturdy writing point. Like every Fisher Space Pen model, the new AG7 Moonwalker Space Pen is equipped with a patented pressurized refill that allows it to write upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures from -30° to +250° F (-35° to +121° C), over almost any surface, and three times longer than the average ballpoint pen. Click to shop.
“Fisher Space Pen has been a part of crewed space travel for over 50 years, and we are thrilled to be going back to the Moon,” says Matt Fisher, Vice President. “We also remember and honor the space pioneers that paved the way for today’s intrepid space voyagers. My brother Paul and I recently sat down with Col. Walter “Walt” Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module Pilot, and last living member of the Apollo 7 crew, the first to use the Fisher Astronaut Space Pen in zero gravity to recount his experiences aboard the historic mission. We took the opportunity to gift Col. Cunningham our newest Fisher AG7 Moonwalker Nickel Titanium Astronaut Space Pen.” Watch Clip Video. Watch Full Interview.
Fisher Space Pen is a small, family-run business manufacturing here in America at its plant in Boulder City, Nevada. The company's products were recently featured on FOX & Friends Made in America Products Showcase. In addition, the company participated in the White House Made in America Showcase and was featured in FOX Business' Mornings with Maria, as well as on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir "Made in America" series. Fisher Space Pen is used on every crewed space mission, including Russian and Chinese space programs, and enjoyed by millions worldwide. Today, the company has grown to over 65 full-time employees, proudly manufacturing high-quality writing instruments, shipping over 1 million pens per year to distributors in over 50 countries. Fisher Space Pen remains among the most preferred ballpoint pens around the world.
The Fisher Space Pen brand has become an iconic symbol of American technology and design worldwide. For example, its famous Bullet Space Pen is part of the permanent collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art as an example of classic industrial design. It has also become part of American pop culture and the subject of hundreds of fan videos and several films and TV programs, including an episode of the hit series "Seinfeld" titled "The Pen."
A Space Technology that improves life on Earth. In 2021, Fisher Space Pen and Paul C. Fisher were inducted into Space Foundation Space Technology Hall of Fame, recognizing the groundbreaking pressurized refill technology invented by Fisher, which helps astronauts write in space and makes life better for millions on Earth.
Looking to the Future. In July 2021, Fisher Space Pen created a commemorative Infinium Space Pen emblazoned with Virgin Galactic’s Evolution of Flight design, used by Sir Richard Branson and the Unity 22 Crew to sign the flight log before their historic spaceflight. Watch Flight Log Signing Video. The company also donated a Fisher Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Space Pen & Coin Set to fly aboard Inspiration4, the first all-civilian mission to orbit, which launched on a SpaceX rocket on September 15. The space-flown set will be auctioned at a gala event in December to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
ABOUT FISHER SPACE PEN
Paul C. Fisher created a patented pressurized ink refill, which uses gas to force thixotropic ink to flow, even in zero gravity. Thousands also love Fisher Space Pens on Earth for their durability, design, and functionality. Their patented pressurized refill allows them to write upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures from -30° to +250° F (-35° to +121° C), over almost any surface, and three times longer than the average pen. Watch How They Work.
When crewed space missions began, astronauts had a problem finding writing instruments that function properly and safely in space. The ink in regular ballpoint pens wouldn't flow in zero gravity. Instead, Astronauts used pencils, but the lead often broke and became a hazard floating in the capsule's atmosphere. Paul C. Fisher, who was then president of the Fisher Pen Company and had been manufacturing ballpoint pens since 1948, took on the challenge to create a pen that would work in zero gravity.
After spending over $1 Million of his own money and years of research, Fisher developed his patented pressurized ink cartridge that keeps solvents from evaporating and allows ink to flow in zero gravity. Fisher sent samples of his prototype to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Director of the Houston Space Center. The prototypes were thoroughly tested by NASA and passed all tests. As a result, NASA astronauts began using the Fisher AG-7 Anti-Gravity Space Pen aboard the Apollo 7 Mission. Fisher Space Pen has been used on all crewed space flights since, including NASA missions, the ISS, and space programs worldwide.
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