Space Economy Market Reports: Part 1, Context is Everything

Caveat Emptor

This article is about context. Specifically, understanding the origin and motivations behind space economy market reports. Understanding that context is critical to making informed decisions for reasons that include:

Aspect Description
Accuracy Not all sources of information are equally reliable. The origin can provide important clues about the accuracy and reliability of the information. Peer-reviewed academic journals, for example, generally provide more accurate information than personal blogs.
Bias Every source of information has potential biases that can distort the message. These biases may arise from political affiliations, personal beliefs, financial interests, or other factors. Understanding these biases can help you critically analyze the information and draw your conclusions.
Completeness Some sources may selectively present information to advance their agenda. They might emphasize certain aspects while omitting or downplaying others. Knowing the motivations behind the information can help you assess its completeness and seek out additional sources if necessary.
Relevance Different sources may provide different perspectives on the same issue, and some of these perspectives may be more relevant to your decision-making process than others. The origin and motivation behind the information can provide context that helps you assess its relevance.
Credibility The credibility of the source of the information impacts the trustworthiness of the information itself. Recognizing the origin of the information aids in assessing its credibility.


Organizations conduct and publish market research reports for several reasons. These are some of the main ones:

Reasons Description
Demonstrate Expertise By publishing a detailed report on a particular market, an organization can show its knowledge and expertise in that area. This can help to build trust with current clients and attract new ones.
Attract Investment If the organization is looking to raise capital, a market research report can provide evidence to potential investors that there is a market for their product or service.
Influence Policy An organization may publish a market research report to influence policy or regulation in a particular area. The report could provide evidence to support their stance and encourage policymakers to make decisions in their favor.
Provide a Public Service Some organizations, particularly those in the non-profit sector, may publish market research reports as a public service, helping to inform businesses, government organizations, and the public about trends and developments in a particular market.
Promote Products or Services The report might be used to highlight a gap in the market that the organization’s product or service can fill. This can be an effective way of indirectly promoting their offerings.
Market Positioning By sharing insights about the market, an organization can position itself as a thought leader in the industry. This can enhance its reputation and credibility in the market.
Lead Generation Some organizations may use market research reports as a form of lead generation. By offering the report in exchange for contact details, the organization can build a list of potential clients who are interested in their field.
Educate Customers A market research report can help to educate customers about the industry and the challenges and opportunities it presents. This can help customers to make more informed decisions about their purchases.
Guide Strategy The data and insights gathered can help an organization to make strategic decisions, such as identifying new market opportunities or deciding on the best marketing strategy. By sharing these insights, they may be looking for feedback, collaboration, or partnerships.
Generate Revenue Some organizations might sell their market research reports as a product. This can be a significant source of revenue, particularly for firms specializing in market research and data analytics.

Types of Companies

Numerous types of companies publish market research reports for reasons outlined in the earlier table. Here are some examples:

Type of Companies Description
Market Research Firms These are companies that specialize in conducting market research and compiling detailed reports. Examples include Euroconsult, and NSR. They often generate revenue by selling these reports.
Consulting Firms Companies like McKinsey, PWC, Bryce Tech, and Deloitte often publish research on market trends and developments to demonstrate expertise, promote their services, and attract new clients.
Investment Firms Investment banks, venture capital firms, and private equity firms often publish market research to inform their investment strategies, attract investors, and influence policy. Examples include Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, CITI, Seraphim Space, and Space Capital.
Technology Companies Technology companies often publish market research to promote their products, influence policy, guide strategy, attract investors,  to educate and attract customers.
Trade Associations and Industry Bodies These organizations, such as the SIA often publish market research to provide a public service, influence policy, and guide strategy. They may also use it to demonstrate expertise and promote the interests of their members.
Non-profit Organizations Non-profits often conduct and publish research as a public service, to influence policy, to generate revenue, to guide strategy. They might also use it to generate revenue in the form of donations and new memberships. They also made sell detailed versions of their market research for revenue, or include the research as a benefit of paid membership. Some organizations will also prepare market research reports for clients to generate revenue. Examples include: ESPI, CSIS, Space Foundation, IDA, and RAND.
Academic Institutions Universities and other research institutions often publish market research to provide a public service, demonstrate expertise, and guide strategy. They may also use it to attract investment in the form of funding and grants.
Marketing and Advertising Agencies These companies often conduct market research for their clients to guide strategy, but they may also publish their own research to demonstrate expertise, promote their services, and generate leads.
Media and Publishing Companies These companies may publish market research to generate revenue, demonstrate expertise, and provide a public service. They may also use it to guide their editorial strategies.
Government Organizations Government organizations (at all levels), including agencies and departments, often conduct and publish research to inform policy decisions, provide a public service, and promote transparency. Examples include the FAA, US Department of Commerce, and NASA.

Please note that while these are common examples, any company in any industry could potentially publish market research for any of the reasons mentioned in the table. The nature of the organization and its strategic goals will largely determine its reasons for publishing such reports.

A comprehensive database of organizations which have published global space economy size estimates and forecasts is available in this article Global Space Economy Size: 2005 to 2045.

Context is Everything

Knowing the origin and motivations behind the information allows decision makers to be a discerning consumer of information, better able to evaluate its accuracy, bias, completeness, relevance, and credibility before using it as the basis for decision-making.

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