Hypersleep chambers aboard a Conestoga-class starship.

A hypersleep chamber, also commonly referred to as a cryotube, is a tube-like capsule that facilitates and monitors stasis (commonly referred to as "hypersleep").


By 2028, Weyland labs in San Francisco discover the body’s ability to hypersleep - the complete cessation of life processes, which can be restarted when stasis is removed. The search for a practical application begins. Then, on January 27. 2030, Weyland Corp earned patent number 12,004,556 for Method and Apparatus for a device that can initiate, monitor and terminate hypersleep. HCs revolutionize space travel permitting increasingly longer, more advanced missions and enabling unprecedented discovery.[1]

The chamber itself is capable of suspending the body's autonomic functions while maintaining the health of each individual cell during stasis. When in an active hypersleep chamber, the user typically wears either sleepwear or underwear.

The hypersleep chamber manufactured by Weyland Corp is equipped with a holographic display that communicates with the ship's mainframe to monitor metabolic conditions to suspend cell function. The hypersleep chambers can be programmed to initiate, maintain and terminate hypersleep stasis of human crew depending on length of mission and percent FTL travel. Zero-loss lithium ion batteries in a tertiary backup system support the chamber’s function for up to 100 years in case of emergency.

Additionally, wearable technology called Neuro Visors, in conjunction with dream monitoring equipment, will allow a hypersleep maintenance overseer to consciously enter the dream of someone in stasis and communicate with them.

Behind the scenes[]


Hypersleep Chamber used in Prometheus

A full-size Hypersleep Chamber used in Prometheus.[2]

The full-size Hypersleep Chambers used in Prometheus were made of rapid-prototyped resin with an MDF and fibreglass frame that were finished in white and covered with numerous decals, safety warning and code numbers. They featured a retractable panel made of clear acrylic with a white frame on the top and an interior cabin lined with resin and metal dress-up components. Yellow cushions lined the interiors of the props.[2]

Electronics were installed throughout the pod, including a series of white LED strip lights, control panels and computer consoles. A video screen situated at the front of the pod played video content from DVD players. Additionally, light-up panels and buttons were present internally and externally.[2]



  1. "Web Archive - Weyland Industries March 25, 2012". Retrieved on 2013-09-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.propstore.com/product/prometheus/full-size-sleep-pod/