Northrop Grumman, SpaceX & ISS Flown NASA Pin
Pre-order your very own gold NASA pin which will be flown to the International Space Station in February 2021 in what will be a six month and 75 million mile journey, before being returned to you on Earth!
LIMITED EDITION OF: 100
LAUNCH DATE: 20th February 2021 at 17.36 UTC
Please Note: Flight schedule is subject to change at NASA's discretion
Own a genuine flown in space NASA pin! In February 2021, alongside our flight partner, we will be launching a payload up to the International Space Station, where it will orbit outside of the ISS for six months. While orbiting Earth, it will be exposed to the extreme environment of space. On board of our payload will be your very own gold NASA pin!
The pin is made from gold metal and enamel, measures 1" x 0.83", and bears an individual serial number and flown in space stamp on the reverse side.
- x1 Gold NASA Pin
- x1 Pin Acrylic Display Case
- Flight Documentation & Photographs
- Certificate of Authenticity
How does it work?
Before launch, the contents of our payload are integrated into the carriers in a class 10k clean room, where any residual contamination is removed from contents using a thermal vacuum chamber. When the payload is flight certified, it is loaded onto the rocket and launches into space.
After being launched into space, the payload is installed on the MISSE tray by the crew of the space station. The payload then exits the airlock, and once outside, the robotic arm picks up the payload and maneuvers into position aboard the MISSE testing facility, which is near the ISS solar arrays, where it will orbit Earth for around six months.
During this period, the payload and its contents are exposed to the extreme environment of space. This exposure includes the extreme temperatures of space, as well as electromagnetic radiation such as x-ray, proton, neutron, gamma and cosmic rays, microgravity, and the vacuum of space. Then after its 75 million mile journey is complete, the payload is retrieved once more by the robotic arm and then returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. Then, when all of the final return checks and procedures are completed, we send it straight to your door.
When will I receive my flown NASA pin?
The flight is scheduled for launch on Grumman Cygnus NG-15 in February 2021, and the mission duration will be approximately six months. After the payload returns to Earth in August 2021, it takes NASA 4-6 weeks to complete the return procedures. At which time, we will collect the payload and dispatch your space flown artifact straight to your door. The overall timeline will likely be September-October 2021.
With that said, due to the nature of spaceflight, there can be unforeseen events that are beyond our control, i.e., flight delays due to weather. This may result in delays that could potentially extend the timeframe in which your space flown artifact will be returned to you.
Please Note: These space flown NASA pins are non-refundable.
20th January 2021: Launch Scheduled for 20th February at 17.36 UTC
The official date and time of launch have been announced by NASA and Northrop Grumman; 20th February at 17.36 UTC. The flight will launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Please note that this date/time may move based on weather conditions, flight equipment, etc. We will provide further updates closer to the time, along with a video feed to watch the launch as and when it is supplied by NASA.
20th August 2020: Launch Rescheduled to 1st February 2021
We have received official confirmation that due to the effects of Covid-19, our payload has been rescheduled. The payload was originally planned for launch in September 2020 aboard Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-14 and has now been slated to launch on 1st February 2021 aboard Northrop Grumman Cygnus NG-15 instead. We understand that this may come as disappointing news, but please rest assured that the payload will fly, albeit later than originally planned.