Part 7: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Opportunities for Individual Creators

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to provide creators, or aspiring creators, with an overview of opportunities to carve out a niche in Space Economy & Technology infographics.

The article covers off: what topics are currently well covered, what topics are not well covered, what types of tools are available to create infographics, and some sources of information that can be used as a basis for infographics.

If you have read Part 0 or Part 1 of this series, you can skip over the next section.

Introduction to Infographics

An infographic is a graphic visual representation of information or data. They illustrate information clearly and quickly in a graphic format – which would otherwise be lengthy and complex in text form. They are the visual equivalent of a soundbite.

Infographics are ideal for communicating with an online audience whose attention and time are both very limited.

Infographics are generally made available online using social media, e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, LinkedIn. A compelling infographic will often be propagated to a large audience as a result of readers’ interactions with the content, e.g. quoted tweet, retweeted, forwarded/shared, up voted, liked, viewed, commented. This organic amplification of the audience makes infographics attractive for organizations or individuals looking to promote themselves through social media.

553 Retweets

52 Quote Retweets

3,022 Likes

Infographics can help: build brand awareness and reputation; generate sales leads; increase subscribers to newsletters and social media accounts; drive traffic to websites, online stores and social media accounts.

Infographics can vary widely in their type and style. However, a characteristic that all infographics have in common is that they are “stand alone”, which is to say that they do not need any further explanation to be understood.

The most common types of infographics are: statistical; informational; timeline; process; comparison; geographical; hierarchical; and list. Some infographics are a combination of two or more types.

From a style perspective, some infographics can be very graphic-heavy and others can be a graphic-lite visualization of data.

Note that infographics aren’t just for social media. Once created, they can be (re)used in different electronic, print and physical assets, including: presentations; videos; training materials; newsletters; sales emails; posters; brochures; mobile apps; background wallpapers for computers and mobile devices; books/e-books; reports; flyers; and online store products such as T-shirts, framed prints, etc.

There are different types of infographic content creators, including: individuals; not-for-profit organizations; governments; NGOs; educational institutions; commercial product and services companies; and media organizations.

Content creators will tailor their infographics to the intended audience, e.g. sales prospects, space enthusiasts, general public, students.

Characteristics of successful infographics include: an interesting topic that readers will want to share; well researched and accurate data; and a visually compelling design.

Currently Active Infographics Topics

Currently, creators are generating infographics, related to Space Economy & Technology, on the following topics:

  • Launch facilities construction progress
    • SpaceX KSC
    • SpaceX Starbase
  • Launch vehicles production progress
    • NASA Space Launch System
    • SpaceX Starship and Booster
  • Spacecraft reuse statistics
    • SpaceX Crew Dragon 2
    • SpaceX Cargo Dragon 2
  • Boosters reuse statistics, e.g. number of times flown, refurbishment time
    • SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy
    • Blue Origin New Shepard
  • Launch mission information announcements
    • Launches
    • Landings
    • Major test events
  • Launch mission schedules and timelines
    • SpaceX Falcon Heavy scheduled missions
    • SpaceX timeline to Mars
    • SpaceX Starship progress towards first orbital launch
  • Launch vehicles testing activity
    • SpaceX Starbase
    • SpaceX McGregor
  • Launch activity statistics
    • Yearly crewed launches and timeline
    • Yearly launches by launch vehicle
    • Yearly launches by organization
    • Cumulative launches by launch vehicle
    • Year to date launches by type, e.g. satellite, crewed, cargo
    • Year to date launches by country
    • SpaceX launches by mission type
    • SpaceX progress against their goal for 60 launches in 2022
  • Satellites launched
    • Yearly global results
    • Year to date progress updates
  • ISS activity
    • ISS visiting spacecraft
    • ISS crew manifests
  • Humans currently in space
  • Detailed mission profiles past, present and future
    • Apollo anniversaries
    • Starship test launches
    • Starliner test launches
  • Informational
    • SpaceX Starship evolution timeline
    • Launch vehicles of the world
    • Human launch vehicles timeline
    • Crewed spacecraft of the world
    • Crewed spacecrafts comparison
    • Crewed spacecrafts profiles
    • Launch vehicle profiles
    • Spaceport profiles

Infographic examples of the above are available in this article Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Part 1.

The most common types of infographics are: statistical; informational; timeline; process; comparison; geographical; hierarchical; and list. Some infographics are a combination of two or more types.

Languages

Infographics are currently being published in one or more of the following languages:

  • English
  • Russian
  • Hungarian
  • Greek
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Slovenian

Some collaborative translations have, and are, being done; however there’s lots of opportunity for translations across the board for creators wanting to perform translations and build an online following in their language. For example, check out this impressive portfolio of Russian language infographics.

The following chart illustrates the relative usage of languages online.

Note that it is possible to create infographics that are language agnostic. However very few creators take this approach… probably because it’s hard to do. One example is illustrated below.

https://flickr.com/photos/141005773@N06

Infographics Topics Opportunities

For creators wanting to expand their portfolio, or create a niche for themselves, the following topics are generally under-represented in published infographics on social media:

  • Company timelines, e.g. Rocket Lab, SpaceX, Relativity, Firefly, ABL
  • Space Economy *
  • IRSO human spaceflight program
  • IRSO launch vehicles
  • Chinese Space Station (CSS)
  • Chinese launch vehicles
  • Space logistics vehicles and roadmaps
  • Launch vehicles innovations *
  • Spaceports profiles, e.g. number of space related tenants, launch activities, launch facilities
  • Space technology patents leadership, e.g. countries, launch service providers, space logistics companies, constellations companies
  • Launch vehicles performance comparisons, e.g. reliability, orbits serviced, dollars per kilogram, launch mass capacity
  • Commercial space stations
  • Satellites in orbit, e.g. application, country, operator, trends
  • Orbital debris, e.g. number of objects, orbit, country of origin, trends
  • Rideshare missions, e.g. payload dimensions, payload application, payload operators, orbital destination, launch rate, launch mass, payload dispenser, launch vehicle
  • New space economy deadpool (companies that failed) *
  • Publicly listed space companies, e.g. stock performance, mergers and acquisitions
  • Space telescopes
  • ISS decommissioning
  • Space as a Service *
  • Space focused venture capital companies *
  • Spacewalks
  • Broadband satellite services *
  • Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Space Domain Awareness (SDA)
  • Space tourist/private astronaut activities in orbit *
  • Spaceflight risks *
  • Space tourist/private astronaut training *
  • Space tourism, e.g. adoption challenges, wealth profiles, “firsts”, number of space tourists, reservations, experiences *
  • Constellations status (e.g. SpaceX Starlink, OneWeb, Planet Labs), e.g. satellites in orbit, completion status, coverage, launch rate, deorbited satellites, teleports
  • Broadband constellations performance trends, e.g. upload and download speed, latency, pricing, user adoption
  • CIS lunar activity
  • In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)
  • Current and future space applications *
  • LEO commercialization *

* I would be happy to collaborate with creators on these particular items to contribute data and concept ideas – feel free to reach out to me using Twitter.

Useful Tools for Creating Infographics

Infographics can be created with a wide variety of tools ranging from very inexpensive/free and simple, to very expensive and complicated.

Easy to Use

infograpia sells infographics templates for use with Google Sheets and Microsoft PowerPoint

Harder to Use

Information Sources

Information to use as a basis for infographics are available from a variety of sources. The following sources are some of the best available.

SpaceX Information

SpaceX Stats

Starship Facts

SpaceX Now

Reddit SpaceX Wiki

Jonathan’s Space Page – Starlink Statistics

ElonX

SpaceX API

Starship Status

SpaceX Boca Chica Group

Humanmars.net

Starlink

Orbital and Suborbital Launches Database

United States Spaceports by State Database

UCS Satellite Database

Orbital Launch Log

Satellites Log

OneWeb Satellites

Satellite Rideshare Opportunities Directory

Geostationary Orbit Catalog

List of Space Travelers

List of Human Spaceflight Launches

Space Calendar

Space Track

United Nations searchable database of objects launched to outer space

CEOS

DISCOS

Celestrak

European Rocket Index

Satellite Constellations

Small Launch Vehicles

Space Focused Venture Investors

Space Fund

Space, the Final Economic Frontier

Ground Station Services Directory

ESA Earth Observation Portal

Orbital Debris Quarterly News

Company Financial Information

SEC Edgar

How to use SEC filings to better understand space economy companies

Intellectual Property

United States Patent Office

WIPO Patent Database

European Patent Organization

Space Law Treaties and Principles

Space Legal Issues

Space Policy Online

European Space Policy Institute

International Organizations

United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs

OECD Space Forum

Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

Satellite Spectrum Allocation

Government of Canada Satellite Services

FCC International Bureau Satellite Division

ITU–R Space Services Department

US Government Organizations

US Space Force

Congress

United States Government Accountability Office

Congressional Research Office

Federal Agencies

Office of Space Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

NOAA Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office (CRSRAO)

NOAA National Geodetic Survey (NGS)

NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS)

FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST)

NASA Commercial Crew & Cargo Program Office (C3PO)

National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (NCO)

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

State Department/Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)

State Department/Office of Space and Advanced Technology (SAT)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy Page

Federal Advisory Committees

Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES)

Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC)

National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board

National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group (UAG)

National Space Agencies

ESA

CSA

JAXA

NASA

NASA Office of Inspector General

Roscosmos

DLR

IRSO

CNES

CNAS

China Great Wall Industry Corporation

List of Private Spaceflight Companies

Directory of New Space Companies

Orbital Launch Vehicles 2022 Compendium

Space Industry Database

Space Companies Jobs Directory

Industry Associations, NGOs and NFP Organizations

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

Aerospace States Association (ASA)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF)

GPS Innovation Alliance (GPSIA)

Satellite Industry Association (SIA)

Space Foundation

Space Transportation Association (STA)

Association of Space Explorers

Space Canada

UK Space

National Space Society

Research and Market Analysis Reports

Bryce Technologies

Euroconsult

SpaceTech Analytics

Morgan Stanley

Northern Sky Research

US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis – Space Economy

Institute for Defense Analysis

Quilty Analytics

Space Capital

Seraphim

Space Foundation

RAND

Space Economy Taxonomy Compendium 2022

Commercial Human Spaceflight Market References

What Are The Fortune Tellers Saying About The Global Space Economy?

Space Tourism Market Analysis

Encyclopedic

Space Redux

Space Library

Commercial Space Wiki

Historic Spacecraft

Gunter’s Space Page

Jonathan’s Space Page

Space Facts

Space Future


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Additional Information For The Curious

Part 0: Introduction to Infographics Related to the Space Economy & Technology

Part 1: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Individual Creators

Part 2: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Commercial Content Creators (pending)

Part 3: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Non-Commercial Content Creators (pending)

Part 4: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Media Content Creators (pending)

Part 5: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Best Practices for Individual Creators

Part 6: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Social Media Channels Characteristics (pending)

Part 7: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Opportunities for Individual Creators

Part 8: Guide to the Stars (of Space Economy & Technology Infographics) Patreon for Individual Creators

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