During the lens design process the experienced optical designer will examine the design as it evolves to identify any possibilities of lens simplification that may lead to a more cost effective and reliable final product. In this paper the author describes a recent lens design assignment and presents details of how he applied his background and experience to incorporate a number of these design simplification elements. A series of experiments are scheduled for the year 2005 on board the International Space Station under the direction of the Canadian Space Agency. Among these are a number of experiments where the effects of the space environment on several populations of fruit flies will be observed. These observations will be made, not only on board the Space Station, but also remotely via a video link to numerous scientists here on earth. In order to accomplish this remote link, a high quality video camera will need to be an integral part of each insect habitat module.