The Fisher Space Pen To boldly write
It may be 50 years since it was designed, but the iconic Fisher Space Pen still looks, well, space age. This is hardly surprising as it is a genuine product of the Space Race. Astronauts had been using pencils, but these were hazardous as the lead could break and float around in the gravity free capsule.
NASA approached the Fisher Pen Company to come up with a pen that could replace pencils and solve the problem of early ballpoints leaking or drying up. The company spent $1 million inventing a pen that could be used in space and one of the models, the AG7 pen was used when astronauts first set foot on the moon in 1969. It even played a role in helping return the first astronauts to the Earth when the pen barrel was used to activate a broken switch that turned on the engines.
July next year will be the 50th anniversary of this historic Moon landing event. The AG7 is still used on all manned space flights today and hasn’t changed in design.
Due to the pressurised ball pen refill inside all of the pens it allows you to write in any condition, freezing cold, boiling heat, underwater, over grease, at any angle and even upside down. The key is an ultra-heavy ink in a pressurised in cartridge that does not leak but writes smoothly in space conditions. The GBA Pen Company has been the sole UK and European distributor of the famous Fisher Space Pen for the past 25 years. The family-run business has been established in the UK for more than 50 years.