Introduction to Space Tech Transfers and Innovation Management

This course, led by Cecilia Hertz, founder of Umbilical Design and co-founder of I.S.A.A.C. International Space Asset Acceleration Company, offers insights from the space sector and how it can drive innovation for planet Earth. Through personal experiences, meetings with astronauts, NASA, space entrepreneurs such as Richar Branson, and examples, the course explores space technologies, materials, behavior changes, and applications in various industries, highlighting the potential for sustainable development and knowledge transfer from space to non-space sectors.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights into the space sector and its contributions to innovations on Earth.
  • Understand the potential of space technologies, materials, and behavior changes for non-space industries.
  • Explore examples of space technology transfer in areas such as construction, protective clothing, extreme sports, and healthcare.
  • Discover how space-inspired solutions can address challenges in areas like sustainability, energy consumption, and wildlife conservation.
  • Learn about the mindset, teamwork, and innovation processes in the space sector and how they can drive creative flow and development on Earth.


After the course, you can purchase a digital micro-credential certificate, linked to the Blockchain, for USD99.


The audience is all people working within an organization they want to develop and all people interested in a sustainable way of living and what we can learn from space. 


Cecilia Hertz

Cecilia Hertz started her career in the space sector already as an Industrial design student at Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden. An initial STAR design project at NASA, Houston, Johnson Space Center was followed by her Diploma work at NASA, Houston, developing the interior of the Crew Return Vehicle (CRV), which was planned as a rescue vehicle for the International Space Station (ISS).

Umbilical Design was founded in 2001 by industrial designer Cecilia Hertz, and since its inception has worked with NASA and ESA on design for the space industry. Umbilical Design is an innovation consultancy company with over 15 years of experience in space technology transfer representing Sweden as part of ESA Space Solutions Network.
Cecilia Hertz has been successful in showing how design, technology and material from the space industry can be transferred to sustainable solutions. What Cecilia Hertz call the “Astronaut lifestyle” inspires to increased sustainability both through technology and behaviour changes. It also inspires to a new mindset. Technology developed for space can serve as a driving force in developing and transferring sustainable solutions to terrestrial challenges. Space technology transfer is a potential growth engine and an innovative force for industry.

Umbilical Design has worked with a wide range of large companies over the years such as Volvo Cars, Electrolux, Scania and Björn Borg, and active in industries such as forestry industry, steel industry, truck and car industry, and the construction industry.

In year 2022 Hertz founded I.S.A.A.C. International Space Asset Acceleration Company, with serial entrepreneur Mattias Hansson and Swedish Astronaut Christer Fuglesang as co-owner. First project in I.S.A.A.C. is Space for Agenda 2030, with the purpose to accelerate sustainable development by using insights and technologies from space sector. I.S.A.A.C. proudly works with NREP, Koenigsegg, Stilride, Jernkontoret, STUA and Stena Fastigheter.

Cecilia Hertz is a frequently booked speaker and panellist at seminars, and has recently launched a book called “SPACE – and everything we can learn from it”.
Cecilia Hertz gives speaks within space technology transfer, design for outer space and extreme environments, design strategy, innovation, creativity, sustainable city development and entrepreneurship.