In 2019, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) asked the RAND Corporation to independently analyze the heavy lift space launch market to assess how potential USAF decisions in the near term could affect domestic launch providers and the market in general. RAND's analysis was published as Assessing the Impact of U.S. Air Force National Security Space Launch Acquisition Decisions: An Independent Analysis of the Global Heavy Lift Launch Market. As part of their analysis, RAND researchers gathered open-source launch data that describes "addressable launches" of heavy lift vehicles -- the commercial portion of the launch market over which launch firms compete. This tool charts the size of the total heavy lift launch market, as well as the addressable launch market for heavy lift vehicles, and offers filters to examine launches by comparisons of interest (such as vehicle, geographic region, and others).
This research was sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and conducted by the Force Modernization and Employment Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Tool series. RAND tools may include models, databases, calculators, computer code, GIS mapping tools, practitioner guidelines, web applications, and various toolkits. All RAND tools undergo rigorous peer review to ensure both high data standards and appropriate methodology in keeping with RAND's commitment to quality and objectivity.
Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/research-integrity.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.
Triezenberg, Bonnie L. and Jonathan Cham, Space Launch Market for Heavy Lift Vehicles: Charts and Data Set of Addressable Launches 2007–2018. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2020. https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TL360.html.
Triezenberg, Bonnie L. and Jonathan Cham, Space Launch Market for Heavy Lift Vehicles: Charts and Data Set of Addressable Launches 2007–2018, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, TL-360-AF, 2020. As of September 28, 2022: https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TL360.html