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Fisher debuts Artemis, Moonwalker area pens for return to moon


January 14, 2022

— Fisher House Pen is prepared for NASA’s subsequent missions to the moon, 50 years after its writing devices have been utilized by astronauts on the lunar floor.

The Nevada-based, family-run firm has launched its new Artemis House Pen sequence, in addition to a particular version of its authentic mannequin area pen that made historical past on NASA’s Apollo missions. The entire new pens function Fisher’s patented pressurized ink cartridge that permits them to put in writing within the excessive environments of outer area, in addition to the other way up, beneath water and on virtually any floor on Earth.

“Fisher House Pen is used on each NASA crewed area mission, in addition to on the Worldwide House Station. Our new Artemis House Pen sequence honors the area pioneers of NASA’s Apollo program and appears to the way forward for area exploration on the moon, Mars and past,” Matt Fisher, vp of Fisher House Pen, stated in a press release.

Every of the pens within the new Artemis sequence are emblazoned with NASA’s program emblem, representing the area company’s objectives of returning astronauts to the moon, establishing a sustainable presence on the lunar floor after which continuing to Mars. The Artemis I mission, which is focused for launch this spring, will mark the primary built-in check of NASA’s new House Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft on a three-week, uncrewed mission across the moon.

Fisher’s Artemis House Pens embody three fashions: a matte black retractable pen, which retails for $25; a matte black “Bullet” pen for $33; and a white plastic barrel retractable pen for $14.25. Every mannequin will be customized with an engraving.

Additionally new is the AG7 Moonwalker House Pen, which continues Fisher’s historical past of serving NASA, as nicely the company’s business and worldwide companions, as they work collectively to create the primary long-term presence on and across the moon. The Moonwalker pen is constructed of stable brass and is completed in nickel titanium with a retractable facet launch button and durable writing level.

Through the use of the AG7, the identical mannequin as the primary pens that have been licensed by NASA to be used in area, the Moonwalker additionally honors the pioneers that paved the way in which for in the present day’s Artemis Era crew members. The late founding father of Fisher House Pen, Paul Fisher, invested over $1 million and years of analysis to develop the unique AG7, which was then adopted by NASA in 1968.

“My brother Paul and I not too long ago sat down with Col. Walter ‘Walt’ Cunningham, Apollo 7 lunar module pilot and final dwelling member of the Apollo 7 crew — the primary to make use of the Fisher Astronaut [AG7] House Pen in zero gravity — to recount his experiences aboard the historic mission. We took the chance to reward Col. Cunningham our latest Fisher AG7 Moonwalker Nickel Titanium Astronaut House Pen,” stated Fisher.

“It is working,” stated Cunningham, after initially attempting out the brand new Moonwalker pen. “That is a lot nicer trying than the pen that we had.”

The AG7 Moonwalker, which will also be engraved, is available in a present field with a Moonwalker sleeve and retails for $150 every.

The unique AG7 House Pen, with its all brass physique and laborious chrome plating, remains to be used on each mission crewed by NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA), the European House Company (ESA), China Nationwide House Administration (CNSA) and SpaceX. NASA has but to say if Fisher or every other producers’ pens will fly on the Artemis missions.

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