A hypersleep chamber, also commonly referred to as a cryotube, is a tube-like capsule that facilitates stasis (commonly referred to as "hypersleep"). It is capable of suspending the body's autonomic functions while maintaining the health of each individual cell during stasis. When in an active hypersleep chambers, 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.
Behind the scenes
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.
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.