The LIFE habitat
prototype is constructed of several soft goods layers including, but not limited, to:
- The inner layer, called the bladder, is made of urethane and is designed to keep the air inside the habitat without leaking.
- The pressure shell layer, known as the restraint layer, is a Vectran fabric weave that is strong enough to withstand the internal pressure needed for the crew to live & work comfortably in space. It is stronger than steel.
- The outer layers consisting of Micro Meteroroid Orbital Debris (MMOD) and Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) which provide orbital debris and thermal protection