To celebrate its 53rd Anniversary in space, Fisher Space Pen debuts a new Artemis Space Pen Series emblazoned with NASA’s Artemis Lunar Exploration Program logo. The Artemis Series features 1) M4B-ART Matte Black Retractable Space Pen; 2) 400B-ART Matte Black Bullet Space Pen, and 3) 775-ART White Plastic Barrel Retractable Space Pen. The new Artemis Space Pen Series represents Fisher Space Pen Company’s commitment to serving the needs of emerging private and commercial space ventures. Click to shop.
Every Fisher Space Pen is equipped with a patented pressurized refill that allows them to write upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures from -30° to +250° F (-35° to +121° Celsius), over almost any surface, and three times longer than the average ballpoint pen. Fisher Space Pen products are manufactured in America. Fisher Space Pen products were recently featured on FOX & Friends Made in America Products Showcase. The company was invited to the 2019 White House Made in America Showcase and was featured in FOX Business’s Mornings with Maria, as well as on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir’s “Made in America” series. Watch video
“Fisher Space Pen is used on every NASA crewed space mission as well as on the International Space Station,” says Matt Fisher, Vice President. “Our new Artemis Space Pen Series honors the space pioneers of NASA’s Apollo Program and looks to the future of space exploration on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.”
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 was auctioned to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Celebrating the Present. In 2021, Fisher Space Pen and Paul C. Fisher were inducted into Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame, recognizing the groundbreaking technology invented by Paul Fisher, which not only helps astronauts write in space but also makes life better on Earth. Fisher Space Pen is enjoyed by millions around the world. 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. The Fisher Space Pen remains among the most preferred ballpoint pens around the world.
Honoring the Past. Fisher Space Pen honors the space pioneers that paved the way for today’s intrepid space voyagers. Matt and Paul Fisher, grandsons of Paul C. Fisher, sat down with Col. Walter “Walt” Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module Pilot, and last living member of the Apollo 7 crew, to recount his experiences aboard the historic mission. Watch Interview.
An Iconic Brand, Part of American Pop Culture. Have you heard the urban myth that “NASA spent a million dollars developing a space pen while the Russians used pencils?” Watch West Wing Video Clip. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The world-famous Fisher AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen was developed by inventor/entrepreneur Paul C. Fisher, who spent over $1 million of his own money, and ten years of research to create the now iconic “Astronaut Pen,” that flew aboard NASA’s Apollo 7 Mission for the first time on October 11, 1968. It has been used on every NASA crewed space flight since, as well as Russian and Chinese space programs. Watch How They Work.
The Fisher Space Pen brand has become an iconic symbol of American technology and design around the world. 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.”
HISTORY OF THE FISHER SPACE PEN
When crewed space missions began, astronauts had a problem finding writing instruments that would 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.