Chrome Plated Bullet Space Pen

Used on U.S. Space Shuttle missions

This amazing pen that cost over $2 Million to develop, comes in a stylish black presentation box, making it an ideal executive gift. The secret behind the Fisher Space Pen lies in the unique design characteristics of the ink, and the high precision manufacturing tolerances of the ball-point and socket.

The ink is fed to the ball point by gas pressure, permitting the pen to write in any position. An additional benefit of the closed design is that it keeps the pen from drying out, giving the Fisher Space Pen an estimated 100 year life.

Chrome Plated Bullet Space Pen

This statement from NASA after Armstrong and Aldrin returned from the Moon illustrates the vital role the pen plays in U.S. Space Shuttle missions.

If it hadn’t been for the Fisher Space Pen, the astronauts might still be up there on the moon. A life support back pack bumped against an arming switch which was to have activated the jet engines to take them up to the Apollo above. Ground control knew that the astronauts had dispensed with their tools earlier, to save on weight, so they instructed Aldrin to retract the nib of his Fisher Space Pen and use the hollow end to flip the broken switch. The engines ignited and allowed them a safe return to the Apollo and on back home to earth.

Here are the results of different pens writing on wet paper, just to give you a taster of the Bullet Space Pen’s superior characteristics:

Chrome Plated Bullet Space Pen

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  1. 16th February 2008 | nathan says:
    use a fucking pencil.
  2. 16th February 2008 | milleronic says:
    Yeah, great. The government spent $2 million to make a pen. The Russians in space? They used a pencil.
  3. 16th February 2008 | Sherwin F says:
    The Russians used a pencil.
  4. 16th February 2008 | John Doe says:
    We spent $2Mil developing this pen, while other space programs use... PENCILS.
  5. 16th February 2008 | Izl says:
    Why didnt they just use a pencil lol? I'm pretty sure that would work in space.
  6. 16th February 2008 | CVL says:
    Russian used pencil instead.
  7. 16th February 2008 | lijo says:
    Hahaha.... maybe you know the story of what the Russians did.... they used pencil! :)):)):))
  8. 16th February 2008 | Jean-Luc Picard says:
    The Russians saved millions then - they took pencils!
  9. 16th February 2008 | dechrigi says:
    clever - but why not use a pencil instead?
  10. 16th February 2008 | Jon says:
    While this pen is a pretty amazing piece of engineering...why didn't we do the same thing the russians did and just use pencils?
  11. 16th February 2008 | Bill says:
    Use a pencil.
  12. 17th February 2008 | Steve McEnglish says:
    Are fricken- ITS CALLED A PENCIL.
  13. 17th February 2008 | cdog says:
    Apparently the Russians thought a pencil worked ok.
  14. 17th February 2008 | cdog says:
    You know pencils write in any position, don't dry out, don't cost 2 million US$ to develop.
  15. 17th February 2008 | Andrew Ward says:
    Its a cool pen: but the 2 million cost to NASA is an urban myth. Fisher Pen developed the concept and gave it to NASA (and the world). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_Space_Pen
  16. 18th February 2008 | Hevach says:
    To continue what Andrew Ward posted: The Russians also used this pen after it was introduced. The original set was given to NASA for free, and NASA said not that long ago that in the intervening years, they haven't spent close to $2,000,000 buying the pens, let alone developing them.
  17. 18th February 2008 | Dionysus says:
    There are numerous reasons pencils are a bad thing to be using in a spacestation. -They're much more flammable. -They constantly need to be sharpened. -Pieces of lead can break off, posing(yes, this sounds silly) a threat to machinery. Among other things.

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