Being the new frontier of science and technology, as the near earth space begins to attract attention, low cost and rapidly
deployable earth observation satellites are becoming more important. Among other things these satellites are expected
to carry out missions in the general areas of science and technology, remote sensing, national defense and
telecommunications. Except for critical missions, constraints of time and money practically mandate the use of
commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components as the only viable option. The near earth space environment (~50-50000
miles) is relatively hostile and among other things components/devices/systems are exposed to ionizing radiation.
Photonic devices/systems are and will continue to be an integral part of satellites and their payloads. The ability of such
devices/systems to withstand ionizing radiation is of extreme importance. Qualification of such devices/systems is time
consuming and very expensive. As a result, manufacturers of satellites and their payloads have started to ask for
radiation performance data on components from the individual vendors. As an independent manufacturer of both
passive and active specialty silica optical fibers, Nufern is beginning to address this issue. Over the years, Nufern has
developed fiber designs, compositions and processes to make radiation hard fibers. Radiation performance data (both
gamma and proton) of a variety of singlemode (SM), multimode (MM), polarization maintaining (PM) and rare-earth
doped (RED) fibers that find applications in space environment are presented.