Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crew to sign flight log with special space pens

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Fisher Space Pen, the company behind the pressurized writing instruments used by astronauts to take notes on the moon and check off checklists in orbit, is about to cross into another frontier: commercial spaceflight.

Fisher, which more than 50 years ago developed an ink cartridge that was capable of working without the need for gravity, has signed a deal with Virgin Galactic on the eve of the first fully-crewed flight of the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane. Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic’s billionaire founder, and his five “Unity 22” crewmates will use specially-adorned versions of Fisher’s Infinium space pen to sign their test flight log after launching to the edge of space on Sunday (July 11).

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