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 >

10
September
2014

Boeing-SpaceX Team Splits $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Award

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Boeing-SpaceX Team Splits $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Award

"It's entirely possible that we wake up one day and the Russians say, 'We're not taking your astronauts up anymore,'" said Marco Caceres, director of space studies at Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant Teal Group. "NASA's anticipating this possibility. That's why they want to move as quickly as possible with this program."

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags Boeing | Commercial Crew Capsule | CST-100 | Dragon V2 | Dream Chaser | NASA | Sierra Nevada | SpaceX

10
September
2014

Musk’s SpaceX Vies With Boeing as NASA’s Taxi to Station

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Musk’s SpaceX Vies With Boeing as NASA’s Taxi to Station

Funding two ventures may raise development costs while also fostering competition and giving NASA an alternative if one vehicle encounters technical difficulties, said Marco Caceres, director of space studies with Teal Group, a Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant.

Congressional opposition to a similar arrangement for the crew contract has waned as the fraying U.S.-Russia relationship focuses attention on NASA's dependence on Soyuz rockets to put astronauts into orbit, Caceres said in a telephone interview.

"The Russians have done NASA a favor in terms of funding," Caceres said.

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Tags Boeing | Commercial Crew Capsule | CST-100 | Dragon V2 | Dream Chaser | NASA | Sierra Nevada | SpaceX

19
August
2014

ULA Leadership Move Could Be Precursor to Further Changes

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

ULA Leadership Move Could Be Precursor to Further Changes

 The announcement put as positive a spin as possible on Gass' departure, but reading between the lines makes it clear leaders at the parent companies felt a change was needed, said Teal Group analyst Marco Caceres.

"Gass hung his hat on ULA's track record of successful launches," Caceres said. But ULA looked complacent when matched against the dynamic Elon Musk, whose SpaceX will shortly begin competing with ULA for military space launches.

Caceres said he expects to see layoffs and a streamlining of ULA to find all possible cost savings.

"My sense is you're going to see at ULA a restructuring of some sort, because ultimately they're going to have to find a way to be a lot more competitive on price," he said.

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Atlas V | Michael Gass | ULA | United Launch Alliance

30
July
2014

US Launches 2 Spy Geo-Satellites to Track 'Nefarious Capability’ of Other Nations

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

US Launches 2 Spy Geo-Satellites to Track 'Nefarious Capability’ of Other Nations

The GSSAP satellites "could certainly be considered offensive," Defense News reported Marco Caceres, an analyst with the Teal Group, as saying. "Obviously, the US Air Force is primarily thinking of it as defensive or simply from a maintenance and repair standpoint. But if you have the ability to get close enough to other satellites to observe or repair or refuel, then sure, you could probably take them out."

Media Outlet: Russia Today Tags GSSAP

30
June
2014

Hunt for RD-180 Replacement Begins

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Hunt for RD-180 Replacement Begins

And the RD-180 has its supporters. "There's nothing out there that's better in terms of weight-to-power ratio than the RD-180," said Marco Caceres, an analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group. "I don't know if you can come up with an engine as powerful as the RD-180 in a short time from scratch. "It's really more about developing the least expensive engine that will make the Atlas V much cheaper commercially."

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Atlas V | RD-180 | Russia | United Launch Alliance

05
June
2014

Raytheon Wins FAB-T Deal, Loses Space Fence Bid

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Raytheon Wins FAB-T Deal, Loses Space Fence Bid

"Certainly, it's a big loss for Raytheon," Marco Caceres, a senior analyst at the Teal Group, said in an e-mail. "The issue of tracking space debris will only grow substantially in importance over the next few years, as potentially thousands of new micro, nano, pico, and femto satellites will be launched to low earth orbit." He added, "The Space Fence is a billion-dollar program that will continue to grow in value for decades to come, so it would have represented a long-term revenue stream for Raytheon."

Media Outlet: Military.com Tags Raytheon | Space Debris | Space Fence

03
June
2014

Space Architecture Changes to Boost US Intelligence Gathering

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Space Architecture Changes to Boost US Intelligence Gathering

The problem is that the Space Launch System program lacks a clear mission, according to Marco Caceres, director of space studies at the Teal Group Corp., a defense industry think tank. “They’ve toyed with lassoing an asteroid and hauling it to the moon, or using it as a vehicle to take people back to the moon, but it’s not clear why” we’re funding SLS, Caceres said.

The political landscape may have changed, however, now that Russia has blocked sales of its Russian RD-180 rockets, which are used to launch U.S. defense satellites. Russia also has announced that it plans to end its operations on the ISS in 2020, effectively disabling the station. “There’s a good chance that SLS will be developed and built, mainly because politically it just looks bad to not be developing your own national launch vehicle and we have to rely on Russia to launch our astronauts,” Caceres said.

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Hosted Payloads | NRO

29
May
2014

SpaceX Unveils First Commercial Capsule Capable of Manned Flight

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

SpaceX Unveils First Commercial Capsule Capable of Manned Flight

The problem is that the Space Launch System program lacks a clear mission, according to Marco Caceres, director of space studies at the Teal Group Corp., a defense industry think tank. “They’ve toyed with lassoing an asteroid and hauling it to the moon, or using it as a vehicle to take people back to the moon, but it’s not clear why” we’re funding SLS, Caceres said.

The political landscape may have changed, however, now that Russia has blocked sales of its Russian RD-180 rockets, which are used to launch U.S. defense satellites. Russia also has announced that it plans to end its operations on the ISS in 2020, effectively disabling the station. “There’s a good chance that SLS will be developed and built, mainly because politically it just looks bad to not be developing your own national launch vehicle and we have to rely on Russia to launch our astronauts,” Caceres said.

Media Outlet: Denver Post Tags Dragon V2 | SpaceX

22
May
2014

French satellite a chance for Sea Launch to return to successful orbit

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

French satellite a chance for Sea Launch to return to successful orbit

Success would mark the 36th completed mission for the company since 1999, and its first since December 2012. Sea Launch still is reeling from a 2009 bankruptcy in which Boeing relinquished a majority share. The ills continued this year with the departure of President Kjell Karlsen and the delay of Sea Launch’s latest mission. “Their whole history has been one of challenges,” said Marco Caceres, senior space analyst for the aerospace and defense market research firm Teal Group Corp. “It’s a company that’s really a survivor. I’d never count them out.”

Media Outlet: Orange County Register Tags Sea Launch | Zenit 3SL

16
May
2014

U.S.-Russia Tension Could Affect Space Station, Satellites

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

U.S.-Russia Tension Could Affect Space Station, Satellites

Marco Caceres, senior space analyst for the Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group, said there have been no public disclosures of any anomalies in the April 18 mission. Caceres, who follows the launch industry, said that even if there was a glitch with the mission, such as falling short of the intended orbit, it was a success because the SpaceX vehicle was able to dock with the space station. “Rockets don’t usually fall short in delivering their payloads to the intended orbit, but it happens on occasion,” he said. “It’s certainly legitimate for Rogers to ask.”

Media Outlet: Bloomberg Businessweek Tags International Space Station | ISS | Russia

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