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Umbilical Design

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ESA Technology Transfer Network broker for Sweden

Umbilical Design was founded in 2001 by industrial designer Cecilia Hertz, and since its inception has worked with ESA and NASA on design for the space industry. Umbilical Design has also been successful in showing how design, technology and material from the space industry can be transferred to Swedish enterprise and society.

The Swedish Down to Earth initiative was launched in 2009 to increase the commercialisation rate of space technologies and know-how by developing and using new methods for innovation support, such as Volume Management and Weightless Thinking. The Swedish Down to Earth innovation process is the framework or the “umbilical” that connects the space sector with non-space industry as well as bridges the gap between research with product development. Sweden is now accumulating strength in our national innovation system and Umbilical Design has been invited in many strategic activities.

The strategy of conducting the Swedish member state broker role is to position it within the broker network as the established node for “Space and Sustainability” in Europe.

The Swedish Down to Earth mission is to commercialize space technologies for a sustainable Earth. Sustainability and environmental technologies are cutting edge domains in Sweden which are expected to become even more important for our future industries and base for export. Joint efforts and dual development in the fields of “Space and Sustainability” have the potential of spin-out and serving the needs for future technology solutions as well as serving the needs for spin-in to ESA missions.

In order to have a strong connection to industry, Umbilical Design has initiated a partnership with ÅF, the leading Nordic technical consultancy company which combines cutting-edge expertise in Product development, Industrial engineering, IT and Infrastructure.

Umbilical Design has been working in a wide range of industries. A few selected clients are Volvo Cars, Scania, Electrolux, NCC and Lidköping Municipality.

Umbilical Design’s office is situated at Grev Turegatan 14, in central of Stockholm, at The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, an independent arena for the exchange of knowledge.

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Key contact at Umbilical Design:

- Cecilia Hertz: +46 70 575 46 51 /

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