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16
August
2004

Northrop making largest gift in UCF history

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Northrop making largest gift in UCF history

Philip Finnegan, a corporate analyst with the Teal Group, a defense industry research firm in Fairfax, Va., says Northrop has been selling several of its unneeded assets acquired in previous deals. “There were a number of things they acquired and were ultimately not interested in,” Finnegan says. “They’ve been divesting various components.”

Media Outlet: Orlando Business Journal Tags Northrup Grumman

10
February
2003

Weldon calls for new round of spending

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Weldon calls for new round of spending

Before even contemplating a replacement to the shuttle, NASA’s near-term goal will be to fix and upgrade the shuttle fleet, says Marco Caceres, an aerospace analyst with the Teal Group in Fairfax, Va. “What they’re not going to do is anything rash.” A re-examination of alternatives to the shuttle won’t come until after space shuttles are flying again and supplying the space station, he suggests. Any alternatives to the shuttle would also likely generate a new round of federal spending. A smaller, more agile spacecraft called the orbital space plane has been under consideration. If built, the plane would not take the place of the space shuttle. “The orbital space plane is more of a ferry, tugboat or lifeboat,” Caceres says.

Media Outlet: Orlando Business Journal Tags Space Shuttle

06
February
2003

NASA contractors draw scrutiny

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

NASA contractors draw scrutiny

NASA took steps to shore up its most glaring weaknesses, ending its downsizing plan and hiring some new staffers to fill the biggest gaps. But not everyone believes the agency has come close to recovering its prior strength, and a GAO report released just three days before the Columbia mishap said the problems were persisting. At first blush, it seems obvious that safety “has got to suffer because they have fewer people,” said Marco Caceres, senior space analyst at the Teal Group, an aerospace research firm. “I’m not sure it’s as simple as that, but in hindsight, with this tragedy, that’s one of the first things you’re going to look at.”

Media Outlet: Chicago Tribune Tags NASA | Space Shuttle Columbia

01
October
2002

Did McCaw and Teledesic aim too high, too fast?

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Did McCaw and Teledesic aim too high, too fast?

“A few years ago, I realized (Teledesic officials) don’t even have a clue, and this just confirms it,” said Marco Caceres, an analyst with Fairfax, Va.-based aerospace analysts the Teal Group. “You’d expect more from a visionary, who knows the market’s not there but says, ‘We’re going to go out there and develop it.’ You go out and you have enough confidence in your marketing and your concept” to make it work, he said. Teledesic, which is backed in part by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and The Boeing Co., says it hasn’t given up on its vision of a constellation of satellites giving government, business and consumers access to portable Internet connections that are from 10 to 100 times faster than DSL and cable modems. The company, which has received more than $500 million in private investments and much of McCaw’s own money, said it remains solvent. But Caceres’ take is that Teledesic is in trouble, because it has been on the wrong course since the outset. Skepticism so far has been muted only because of McCaw’s reputation as a telecommunications wizard, he said.

Media Outlet: Seattle Post-Intelligencer Tags Craig McCaw | Teledesic

01
May
2000

Iridium: ‘the little satellite that couldn’t’

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Iridium: ‘the little satellite that couldn’t’

Now the issue is what to do with the existing satellites in orbit. This will involve an additional expense to bring them down in a controlled way so that they burn up in the atmosphere away from populated areas, says Marco Caceres, senior space analyst with the Teal Group consultancy in Fairfax, Va. – the one person who will speak for the record about Iridium. Iridium officials have been exploring the alternative of selling off the crippled satellites, including offers to the U.S. military and even a Middle Eastern group that would use them for distributing Muslim religious messages. Caceres, however, says he doubts these efforts will succeed. U.S. military forces increasingly rely on commercial communications services, as demonstrated in the peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo, he notes. The exorbitant operational costs are likely to frighten away other potential buyers.

Media Outlet: Military & Aerospace Electronics Tags Iridium

02
March
2000

Iridium Tells Court It Can’t Locate A Buyer; Venture to Liquidate Assets

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Iridium Tells Court It Can’t Locate A Buyer; Venture to Liquidate Assets

The company filed for bankruptcy protection last August. Wireless pioneer Craig McCaw recently said he wouldn’t bail out Iridium, dashing hopes that the $5 billion satellite phone venture would rebound. Now, Iridium’s satellites will be left to disintegrate in the atmosphere as they fall from space. That process could take months, said Marco Caceres, a senior space analyst with consultant Teal Group in Fairfax, Va. “This is unprecedented. No one has ever brought down this number of satellites at the peak of their performance times,” he noted. Mr. Caceres said the satellites will have to be maneuvered into lower orbits in small groups so they can burn in the atmosphere. “It will be a gradual process, that’s what adds to the cost,” he said.

Media Outlet: The Wall Street Journal Tags Bankruptcy | Iridium

28
February
2000

McCaw relaunching satellite hopes

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

McCaw relaunching satellite hopes

Industry observers say there could be more deals in the offing. All eyes are on Globalstar, a $3-billion, 52-satellite system that has reportedly run into trouble obtaining handsets from suppliers. Whether Globalstar is in financial trouble will not be known for sure until next year, when it must report to lenders, but it is being closely watched by the industry. “Globalstar is a test of whether there’s really a market for satellite phones and how big it is,” says Marco Caceres, space analyst at Fairfax, Va.-based Teal Group, “or whether the whole industry is just a mistake.”

Media Outlet: Providence Business News Tags GlobalStar | Teledesic

27
September
1999

McCaw Re-Examines Strategy For Teledesic ‘Sky Internet’

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

McCaw Re-Examines Strategy For Teledesic ‘Sky Internet’

Mr. McCaw “is not going to have an easy time raising nine, 10, 20 billion if he focuses on going it alone,” Marco Caceres, senior space analyst with the Teal Group, Fairfax, Va., said. There has been speculation for weeks that Mr. McCaw might take a role in Iridium, because Motorola is the prime contractor and an investor in both projects. But any restructuring of Iridium would be complicated, requiring approval from banks, bondholders and the bankruptcy court. A Motorola spokesman said he knew of no discussions with Teledesic about Iridium and declined to comment further. Mr. Caceres said a partnership between Mr. McCaw and Hughes “seems very rational and makes more economic sense than messing with Iridium.” Hughes is an investor and contractor for ICO, and also plans its own satellite-Internet project, dubbed Spaceway, that is expected to launch in 2002. But it isn’t clear what Hughes would gain from such a deal, since Spaceway is ahead of most competitors. A partnership also could face regulatory hurdles.

Media Outlet: The Wall Street Journal Tags Craig McCaw | Teledesic

30
May
1999

Risks Soar, The Rockets Don’t

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Risks Soar, The Rockets Don’t

Today’s rocket failures and capital flight may subside in time for other projects now being planned. Teledesic, a 288-satellite “Internet in the sky” backed by cell-phone pioneer Craig O. McCaw and Microsoft Corp.’s William H. Gates III, has already raised $1 billion from Motorola Inc., Boeing Co., and other sources to help with its 2003 launch. “Our investors have a long-term perspective,” says a spokesman. But higher launch and insurance costs are throwing Teledesic’s $9 billion budget into doubt. “A more reasonable figure is $15 billion, but they’re not willing to say that yet for fear of scaring off Wall Street,” says Marco Caceres of researcher Teal Group. Teledesic plans eventually to go public.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg News, Business Week Tags Teledesic

15
March
1999

Targeting The World

Targeting The World

Much of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, however, is fair game in the eyes of the Pentagon. But even dealings with allies are closely scrutinized and restricted by the U.S. government. “As much as we like our allies, we don’t want them to have the same (military technology) we have,” says Renee Gentry, a senior analyst with The Teal Group in Fairfax, Va., a defense and aerospace consulting company.

Media Outlet: Orlando Business Journal Tags Foreign Military Sales

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