The Future of Commercial Space Stations

LIFE®

In the ever-evolving landscape of space exploration and commercialization, Sierra Space’s Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) habitat stands as a pioneering concept that will reshape how humans live and work in space.

Space Destinations

LIFE® launches on a conventional rocket and inflates on orbit. The first product in the roadmap is a large, three-story structure that is 27 feet in diameter. It can comfortably sleep four astronauts, with additional room for science experiments, exercise equipment, a medical center and Astro Garden® system, which can grow fresh produce for astronauts on long-duration space missions.

LIFE 0.3
Volume: 10.6 m3
Length: 2m
Diameter: 3m
Small-Scale Test Article

LIFE 10

LIFE 1.0
Volume: 285 m3
Length: 6m
Diameter: 9m
Fairing: 5m

Key Capabilities

  • Crewed Missions
  • ECLS Systems
  • Power & Thermal
  • Softgoods Structures
  • Biopharma
  • Science
  • Advanced Manufacturing
LIFE 285


Volume: 500 m3
Length: 10m
Diameter: 9m
Fairing: 5m

LIFE 500

LIFE 2.0
Volume: 1400 m3
Length: 16.2m
Diameter: 11m
Fairing: 7m

LIFE 1400

LIFE 3.0

Volume: 5000 m3
Length: 22m
Diameter: 19m
Fairing: 9m

Advancements

  • Increased Crew Capabilities
  • Increased Volume Allocations
  • Increased Layout Capabilities
  • Softgoods Optimization
  • Truss Optimization
  • ECLSS Systems Optimization
  • Power & Thermal Optimization
LIFE 5000

Microgravity Solutions

One of the most remarkable features of the LIFE habitat is its adaptability to accommodate a range of businesses, from in-space semiconductor manufacturing to pharmaceutical microgravity research. The habitat leverages the unique conditions of zero gravity, offering an optimal environment for experiments and processes that benefit from this distinct microgravity setting.

With substantial volume, power, and data capabilities, the habitat is primed for extended human habitation, both for low-Earth Orbit (LEO) missions and for the demanding challenges of long-duration voyages, such as Lunar and Mars surface habitation.

Leveraging Space Tech

A testament to cutting-edge engineering, the LIFE habitat boasts an inflatable pressure shell composed of Vectran™ fabric weave, a material that becomes stronger than steel when inflated on-orbit. This innovative design ensures the safety and comfort of crew members, who can thrive within its three floors of living and working space.

The habitat’s unique features extend to an Astro Garden® where fresh produce can be cultivated, offering a sustainable space vegetable solution for extended missions.

LIFE 1.0

The first product in this innovative space technology roadmap is LIFE 1.0. This large three-story structure that is 27 feet in diameter, launches aboard a conventional rocket and expands on-orbit into a multi-purpose space habitat.

LIFE habitat is more than just a physical construct; it represents a gateway to a multitude of possibilities for various industries.

Microgravity Solutions

One of the most remarkable features of the LIFE habitat is its adaptability to accommodate a range of businesses, from in-space semiconductor manufacturing to pharmaceutical microgravity research. The habitat leverages the unique conditions of zero gravity, offering an optimal environment for experiments and processes that benefit from this distinct microgravity setting.

With substantial volume, power, and data capabilities, the habitat is primed for extended human habitation, both for low-Earth Orbit (LEO) missions and for the demanding challenges of long-duration voyages, such as Lunar and Mars surface habitation.

Leveraging Space Tech

A testament to cutting-edge engineering, the LIFE habitat boasts an inflatable pressure shell composed of Vectran™ fabric weave, a material that becomes stronger than steel when inflated on-orbit. This innovative design ensures the safety and comfort of crew members, who can thrive within its three floors of living and working space. The habitat’s unique features extend to an Astro Garden® where fresh produce can be cultivated, offering a sustainable space vegetable solution for extended missions.

Proven Technology

The path towards realizing the LIFE habitat has been marked by rigorous testing and development milestones.

Sierra Space has surpassed NASA’s rigorous certification recommendations on five sub-scale inflatable units since 2022, successfully demonstrating advanced capabilities during “Ultimate Burst Pressure (UBP)” and “Creep” testing. These achievements paved the way for the first successful full-scale 285 cubic meter UBP test in December of 2023. Achieving 77 PSI, it further solidified the LIFE® product line for the world’s first commercial space station and future space applications.

The Next Inflatable Space Stations

Sierra Space’s LIFE habitat products will mark a paradigm shift in space habitation, enabling a range of industries to capitalize on the advantages of zero gravity. Future developments for LIFE will see increased capabilities, efficiencies, connectivity, and sustainability.

As the habitat’s capabilities expand, its role in shaping the future of commercial space exploration becomes ever more pronounced, promising to open doors to uncharted realms of possibility.

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