Marco A. Caceres

IN THE MEDIA

Marco joined Teal Group in March 1990. Previously, he was a market analyst for Jane's Information Group of the UK. As editor of both the Jane's DMS Defense & Aerospace Agencies and DMS Electronic Systems publications, Marco analyzed and wrote about the R&D and procurement activities within the defense- and aerospace-related agencies of the federal government, with a focus on the markets for major electronic warfare (EW) subsystems. Additionally, Marco edited Jane's DMS Budget Intelligence newsletter--a weekly covering defense budget news. Full Bio >

04
January
2015

Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Shooting for the Moon

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Shooting for the Moon

The fact that successful companies like Celestis are signing on with Astrobotic is encouraging to Marco Caceres, senior space analyst and director of space studies at Teal Group, an aerospace and defense industry analysis company:

From what he knows about Astrobotic, "it looks like this company will be one of the pioneers in space. And initially, that will probably be one of the advantages" like it has been for Celestis, he said. "If it works and if you're the first private company to get up there, that's huge."

He also likes that Astrobotic, has learned "like SpaceX, that, in order to minimize risk, take NASA on as a client."

Media Outlet: The Miami Herald Tags Astrobotic | Carnegie Mellon University | Moon

14
December
2014

China-US Space Relations See Small but Important Step

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

China-US Space Relations See Small but Important Step

Marco Caceres, a space analyst with the Teal Group, called the CSM change a "win-win" for both sides.

"Every time you cooperate, every time you fulfill or submit a request, that is how you build relationships," Caceres said. "Particularly if the US is coming to see China as their next military rival in space, and they are doing an awful lot and spending a lot more money on both military and non-military space, potentially [this new agreement] could be significant because it strengthens the relationship."

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags China | Situational Awareness | Space Debris

09
December
2014

Russia, Orbital Sciences, and the American Rocket Problem

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Russia, Orbital Sciences, and the American Rocket Problem

"I don't see how Orbital, given all the negative publicity around Russian engines, could go with another Russian engine," says Marco Caceres, space industry analyst for aerospace and defense consultancy Teal Group. "How could the CEO explain another accident to shareholders? I think you have to go with a red, white, and blue company."

But finding that company could prove daunting. Aerojet Rocketdyne's existing production line produces powerful engines for the Delta IV and NASA's new super-heavy-lifting Space Launch System—likely too much engine for Orbital's medium-sized Antares rocket, Caceres says. 

Media Outlet: Fortune Tags Antares | NASA | Orbital Sciences | Russian engines

05
December
2014

NASA Launches Orion Capsule in First Test for Mars Mission

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

NASA Launches Orion Capsule in First Test for Mars Mission

The agency doesn't yet have a rocket powerful enough to blast it into space that is also deemed safe enough to transport people. "It's kind of like sitting in a beautiful Cadillac, without an engine or tires," said Marco Caceres, director of space studies for Teal Group, a Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags Mars | NASA | Orion | SLS

02
December
2014

NASA Prepares to Test the Spaceship That Could Take Us to Mars

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

NASA Prepares to Test the Spaceship That Could Take Us to Mars

The cost of the SLS and Orion could grow to more than $30 billion, said Marco Caceres, a senior space analyst with the Teal Group consulting firm. There is a fair amount of opposition to the asteroid mission in Congress, and a Mars landing, some 20 years away at best, remains a dream.

"To make matters worse," Caceres wrote in a recent blog, "is the painful fact that the rocket doesn't actually have a mission."

The Mars program is subject to funding constraints and a balky political system.

"This is the problem with anything that takes 20 years — people have very short attention spans," Caceres said. "And you have numerous presidential administrations and Congresses, and inevitably someone gets around to canceling it, or reducing it."

Media Outlet: The Washington Post Tags Mars | NASA | Orion | SLS

25
November
2014

SpaceX May Upset Firm's Monopoly in Launching Air Force Satellites

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

SpaceX May Upset Firm's Monopoly in Launching Air Force Satellites

"This is huge," said Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at Teal Group. "It would break up a monopoly and has the potential to save the taxpayer an awful lot of money."

Media Outlet: The Los Angeles Times Tags Falcon 9 | SpaceX | United Launch Alliance

05
November
2014

Orbital to Drop Soviet-Era Engines Used on Failed Rocket

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Orbital to Drop Soviet-Era Engines Used on Failed Rocket

This is not the first time the Russian-made AJ26 engines have caused problems, Marco Caceres, an analyst at Teal Group Corp., wrote in an Oct. 31 note. In 2007, the Sea Launch Zenit 3SL exploded because of an engine clogging and SpaceX failed to launch its Falcon 1 in March 2006 due to engine failure, he wrote.

If the engine proves to have been at fault in the latest explosion, it would be easier for Orbital to replace them rather than to attempt a repair, Caceres said in a phone interview today. "Their confidence in the engine was never high," he said.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags AJ26 | Antares | Orbital Sciences

04
November
2014

Spaceflight's No Good, Very Bad Week

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Spaceflight's No Good, Very Bad Week

Orbital's stock dropped 15 percent after the accident, and the company will likely have to postpone its resupply launches while it figures out what went wrong. If the problem can't be quickly fixed, according to Marco Caceres, director of space studies at the defense consultancy the Teal Group, Orbital may have to delay for several years while it works on a replacement, at which point it would risk losing its NASA contract.

Media Outlet: The Verge Tags Virgin Galactic

03
November
2014

In Traveling to the Stars, Risk and Cost

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

In Traveling to the Stars, Risk and Cost

NASA is "looking for cheaper access to space," said Marco A. Caceres, a space analyst at the Teal Group, a consulting firm in Virginia. The trouble, he said, is that reliability and price are often tied together.

"It may be unreasonable to expect to pay under a certain amount to get a reliable vehicle," Mr. Caceres said. "That comes at a cost."

Media Outlet: The New York Times Tags Antares | Orbital Sciences

31
October
2014

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes in New Setback for Commercial Spaceflight

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes in New Setback for Commercial Spaceflight

Marco Caceres, director of space studies at the Teal Group, a consulting firm, said that "in an age where it is very expensive to fly these vehicles, the pressure is to do the minimal amount of test flying."

"So that may be something we have to take a look at," he continued. "Everyone seems to be in need of more money to conduct more flights, so the pressure is to start operational flight too soon. Maybe we are being unreasonable here."

Media Outlet: The New York Times Tags SpaceShipTwo | Virgin Galactic

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