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 >

29
October
2014

What Does Future Hold for Atlas V Rocket?

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

What Does Future Hold for Atlas V Rocket?

"The writing's on the wall for Atlas V as a launcher," said Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia., a firm specializing in aerospace and defense market research. "We cannot rely on the Russians over the long term. And from an economical standpoint, Atlas V is still too expensive the way it is to compete against emerging companies like SpaceX, and certainly to compete successfully in the commercial markets."

Media Outlet: Florida Today Tags Atlas V | United Launch Alliance

29
October
2014

A Search for Answers After Antares Rocket Explodes During Liftoff

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

A Search for Answers After Antares Rocket Explodes During Liftoff

Marco Caceres, the director of space studies for the Teal Group, an aerospace industry analysis firm, predicted Wednesday that the launch failure would inevitably lead to "Monday morning quarterbacking" from "people within Congress and the space industry who continue to believe that NASA should continue to own, manage and operate its own launch vehicle instead of leasing launch services from private companies."

But, Caceres said in an e-mail: "The reality is that catastrophic launch failures like the one we saw yesterday have little to do with whether it's a private company managing things or NASA. NASA has had its share of horrendous failures — both in terms of launch vehicles and satellites. The idea that the government is inherently better suited for spaceflight is a myth."

Media Outlet: The Washington Post Tags Aerojet Rocketdyne | Antares | Launch Failure | NK-33 | Orbital ATK

29
October
2014

Cargo Rocket Explosion: A Setback, But Not Necessarily a Gamechanger for NASA

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Cargo Rocket Explosion: A Setback, But Not Necessarily a Gamechanger for NASA

NASA's shift to leasing services rather than owning its own rockets as part of its human-spaceflight program has been "a bold move and certainly risky in some ways – primarily because you're changing the paradigm," says Marco Caceres, senior space analyst and director of space studies for the Teal Group Corp., an aerospace-research firm based in Fairfax., Va.

The move has been driven in no small part by an agency asked to do more than either presidents or Congress were willing to pay for, especially when thinking about eventual replacements for the space shuttles.

Tighter budgets, cost overruns, and the agency's reputation for overestimating the amount of money the space shuttles would save in operating costs because they were reusable didn't help, Mr. Caceres suggests.

Media Outlet: The Christian Science Monitor Tags Antares | Launch Failure | NK-33 | Orbital ATK

28
October
2014

Rocket Bound for Space Station Blows Up Just After Liftoff

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Rocket Bound for Space Station Blows Up Just After Liftoff

Marco Caceres, senior analyst at the Teal Group, said the explosion will cause people to question whether NASA should be turning to private companies to launch spacecraft.

"There are people in Congress who say NASA should not be relying on private companies," Caceres said. "Many people will now say, 'We told you so.'"

But there's always a chance of failure with rocket launches, he said, whether it's with a private company or with NASA.

Caceres noted that Orbital has experienced several failures with its Antares and Taurus rocket vehicles. "This is not a good record for Orbital."

Media Outlet: Los Angeles Times Tags Antares | International Space Station | Orbital ATK

22
October
2014

How 3D Printing Could Help Replace Russian Rockets

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

How 3D Printing Could Help Replace Russian Rockets

Additive manufacturing could save substantial time and money in engine development, but the technology is still unproven, said Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at the Teal Group consulting firm. "Right now, what the Air Force needs with regard to a new engine is precisely that, to save a lot of time and money," he said.

Media Outlet: National Journal Tags Atlas V | RD-180

14
October
2014

A Supersecret Spacecraft Comes Back to Earth After Two Years

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

A Supersecret Spacecraft Comes Back to Earth After Two Years

Marco Caceres, a space analyst with Teal Group, says the Air Force is most likely interested in having a surveillance platform that can "maneuver in orbit faster" than satellites. Darpa is also working on a new hypersonic "spaceplane" called the XS-1 that could offer quick access to space and launch payloads into orbit for less than $5 million per flight. "Quick, affordable, and routine access to space is increasingly critical for U.S. Defense Department operations," the agency said in its call for proposals for the spacecraft late last year.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Businessweek

13
October
2014

SpaceX May Be A Bargain For NASA, If Musk Delivers

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

SpaceX May Be A Bargain For NASA, If Musk Delivers

"Boeing's cost structure is higher than SpaceX — that's just a fact," said Marco Caceres, senior space analyst at the Teal Group.

Because the aerospace giant has been around longer, it most likely has an older, more experienced workforce with higher wages and labor costs, he added.

But the biggest cost differences likely come from manufacturing processes. Boeing builds its Delta rocket and Atlas V launchers in a vertical position, while SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets are assembled horizontally, which is easier and saves on time.

Meantime, SpaceX is a vertically integrated company, building all of its parts in-house, with no subcontractors. Boeing employs numerous subcontractors to build components, which adds to costs. "When you become a more established company, you can't be a specialist in everything," Caceres said.

Media Outlet: Investor's Business Daily Tags Atlas V | Boeing | Commercial Crew Vehicle | Falcon 9 | NASA | SpaceX

30
September
2014

Proton Rocket Returns To Uneasy Expectations

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Proton Rocket Returns To Uneasy Expectations

"When it's working it works just fine but, to me, [the May 2014 failure] just sounds like bad workmanship," said Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at the Teal Group. "It could be the bolts were poorly manufactured, it might have been corrosion — maybe they didn't screw them on tight enough; who knows?"

Media Outlet: Reuters Tags Proton | Russia

27
September
2014

Lockheed to Buy European Satellite for South Korea in F-35 Deal

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Lockheed to Buy European Satellite for South Korea in F-35 Deal

Marco Caceres, an analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group, said the new satellite may be built by France's Thales (TCFP.PA), which has already built several satellites for South Korea. The satellite was likely medium-sized and would cost several hundred million dollars to build, plus another $100 million to launch, he said.

Media Outlet: Reuters Tags Satellite | South Korea | Thales Alenia

10
September
2014

Musk Seeking Mars Mission After NASA Picks SpaceX-Boeing

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Musk Seeking Mars Mission After NASA Picks SpaceX-Boeing

"SpaceX is the new kid on the block, but it's proven its capabilities very quickly," said Marco Caceres, director of space studies with Teal Group, a Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant. "SpaceX would love to be the first commercial company to land its own private astronauts on the moon and eventually go on to Mars."

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Businessweek Tags Boeing | CST-100 | Dragon V2 | NASA | SpaceX

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