Image credit Schreiner, Setterfield et al
It consists of an inflatable pod that can fit two people for an overnight stay, a reflective thermal shield that would protect them from extremely hot sun’s rays and a rover
Life support systems, like oxygen, food, and water, will be contained at the rover.
The inflatable habitat (1). The environmental control and life support system on the rover (2) maintains the habitat’s internal environment. The thermal shield (3). Supplies power(4). Image credit Schreiner, Setterfield et al
MIT engineer Samuel Schreiner told Popular Science:
“When packed, the entire system, would take up roughly half as much space as an average refrigerator.”
“Astronauts would set up the shelter using inflatable tubes made of the same silicone-coated fabric that the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rovers used in their landing bags. Once the astronauts enter the pod, and close the airlock, the life support systems on the rover will kick in and fill the habitat with oxygen via umbilical cables.”