Updated on August 19, 2020


Created on September 10, 2017

Life Cube

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Life Cube is a rapid deployment shelter system that is transported in a 5 x 5′ container, opened onto a platform, and then inflated.

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Product Description

Life Cube is a rapid deployment shelter system that is transported in a 5 x 5′ container, opened onto a platform, and then inflated. It sets up in 5 minutes. The interior is aluminum for rigidity and has hardened floors for any terrain. It has integrated solar power, batteries, radio and lights.

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Manufacturing/Building Method

Units are produced to order. The 5 x 5' shipping container transforms into the floor of the tent to offer a hard, raised platform from the ground. It is made of ABS plastic and can be airdropped from an airplane, or placed on a standard trailer or bed of a pickup truck.

Intellectural Property Type

Patent Protected

User Provision Model

Users can purchase directly from Life Cube or organizations can obtain the tents from Life Cube to distribute in post-disaster and refugee camp situations.

Distributions to Date Status


Intended number of occupants (#)

5 occupants

Speed of assembly (h)

5 min (0.08 h)

Footprint area (m²)

Internal volume (m³)

Material composition

Container: ABS plastic, Canopy: urethane-coated nylon

Lifespan (years)


Flammable flash point temperature (ºC)

The canopy and beam material is made of fire retardant thermoplastic material. However, the flammable flash point temperature is unknown.

Maximum snow load (kg/m²)


Suitable climates


Design Specifications

The Life Cube comes with the following components:

  • Shipping Container/Hard Surface Raised Floor
  • Inflatable Canopy
  • Two Position Table (Optional)
  • Power Module (Optional)
  • Tie Down Kit
The material is made from 1000 denier air-retention fabrics that are laser cut, and all seams are RF welded. Before shipping, all units undergo full pressure inflation testing. The canopy is made out of urethane-coated nylon that is waterproof and MSHA-rated fire retardant. Full specifications can be found in the user manual.

Technical Support

Instructions for how to assemble and disassemble the Life Cube can be found in the user manual. Each tent has a unique serial number to track the product's warranty and provide customer service. Users can submit a help ticket on the Life Cube website for support.

Replacement Components



Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Manufacturer specified performance targets include durability, off-grid functionality, portability, and programmatic flexibility.

Vetted Performance Status



Fabric is waterproof and fire retardant.

Complementary Technical Systems

The Life Cube has an integrated power system that is powered by solar panels on the roof.

Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations


Other Information


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