Spaceborne applications present a challenging environment, subject to radiation, where camera lens servicing or replacement is highly undesirable. As a consequence, the need for all camera lenses to be radiation resistant (non-browning) is paramount.

In October 2015, NASA’s Robotic Refuelling Mission debuted the Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) which incorporated non-browning zoom lenses to help diagnose an unexplained discolouration on is Space Station Remote Manipulator System as being due to a micro meteor impact.

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