Astronauts are writing at zero gravity with the promotional products supplier’s iconic product.
A promotional product supplier’s iconic product is an essential part of a new chapter of American space exploration, just as it has been an essential part of its past.
Fisher Space Pen Co.’s (asi/54423) AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen is the writing instrument NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have used aboard their history-making SpaceX flight.
SpaceX, billionaire Elon Musk’s private space company, launched Behnken and Hurley to the stars on May 30, marking the enterprise’s first-ever crewed mission.
The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are the first private sector-designed and built craft to carry astronauts into space. The mission is also a return to space for NASA astronauts; the agency hasn’t launched its own astronauts into orbit since the end of the space shuttle program nearly a decade ago.
On their flight to the International Space Station, Behnken and Hurley used the AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen to do their writing. They’ll continue to use the pens at the space station, where about 50 Fisher Space Pens are in use.
The Fisher AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen has been flying aboard every crewed space mission since Apollo 7 in 1968.
“We are delighted that Fisher Space Pens are once again flying aboard American rockets from American soil,” says Matt Fisher, vice president of Fisher Space Pen Co. “Fisher Space Pen was created especially for use in zero-gravity, and our company continues to innovate new functionalities for future releases. Congratulations to NASA, SpaceX, astronauts Behnken and Hurley and everyone involved in this historic mission.”
Paul C. Fisher, an inventor and entrepreneur, created the Fisher Space Pen. He spent more than $1 million of his own money to develop an ink refill that uses pressurized gas to force ink to flow in zero gravity.
The Fisher Space Pen brand has become an iconic symbol of American technology and design, as Counselor documented in an in-depth piece about the pen and the company. It has also become part of American pop culture. Fisher Space Pens are enjoyed and used by millions worldwide, and the pen has become the subject of hundreds of fan videos. It has been featured on several TV programs, including an episode of the hit series Seinfeld titled “The Pen.”
All Fisher Space Pen products, which are Made in America, contain the patented pressurized ink refill, which allows them to write upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees F (-35 to +121 Celsius), over almost any surface and three times longer than the average pen.
While astronauts are among its end-clients, Fisher Space Pen Co. sells its pens through promo products distributors for everyday use in a functional and promotional way, as the pens can easily be imprinted through traditional decoration means.