Marco A. Caceres

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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 >

15
May
2014

U.S. Air Force ‘Busting Butt’ to Certify Musk’s SpaceX

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

U.S. Air Force ‘Busting Butt’ to Certify Musk’s SpaceX

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 Air Force | anomalies | Falcon 9 | SpaceX

14
May
2014

Feud Between SpaceX and ULA Over Space Contract Grows More Intense

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Feud Between SpaceX and ULA Over Space Contract Grows More Intense

Given the stakes involved — the Pentagon expects to spend almost $70 billion on the program by 2030 — Marco Caceres, a senior analyst at the Teal Group, said he was not surprised that Musk “is playing hardball.” “There’s a lot at stake,” he said. “These contracts are very lucrative.” But, Caceres said, there could be other implications. The United States depends on Russia to take its astronauts to the space station. And if Russia decided it would not longer do that, it “could become a political nightmare,” he said. “Certainly it would be an embarrassment for the United States if there are no Americans on the space station.”

Media Outlet: Denver Post

13
May
2014

DigitalGlobe's New Bird Needs Government OK to Sell Close-up Images

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

DigitalGlobe's New Bird Needs Government OK to Sell Close-up Images

High resolution is useful for military and government purposes, but some experts question how much resolution actually is needed. "If you are going to have the most powerful imaging satellite out there, whether that would be a good thing for your company, I think, really depends on what your target market is and what services you are looking to fill," Teal Group space analyst Marco Cáceres said. "Not everyone needs 30-centimeter resolution. That's more of a surveillance capability. ... (Tarr) must be saying that they have certain clients that need that."

Media Outlet: Denver Post

13
May
2014

The Intergalactic Tug of War that has Sent US-Russian Relations Crashing Down to Earth

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

The Intergalactic Tug of War that has Sent US-Russian Relations Crashing Down to Earth

It's believed that ULA has enough RD-180s to continue to launch Atlas V's for the next two years, however if it is to continue to do so in the long-term it would need to develop a replacement engine, which Marco Caceres, director of Space Studies at the Teal Corporation, a US research agency, tells IBTimes UK could cost the military up to $1bn. "The real winner in all of this is SpaceX," says Caceres, who explains that the US airforce will now be encouraged to look at alternative options to the Atlas V, including SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. He continues: "From a business standpoint it's a silly move as they make money from the sale of the engine. On the other hand, from a pride standpoint, it doesn't surprise me that Putin would stop selling the engine altogether, in a way saying to the US: 'see how you like that'."

Media Outlet: International Business Times Tags Energomash | RD-180 | Russia | United Launch Alliance

06
May
2014

US Space Defense Spending Funding Drops from Previous Projections

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

US Space Defense Spending Funding Drops from Previous Projections

But the lower dollar amounts do not necessarily mean the US Defense Department is reducing its capabilities, experts say. “Just the fact that we’re asking for less money doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re getting less than we did,” said Marco Cáceres, senior analyst and director of space studies for the Virginia-based Teal Group consulting firm. “In many cases, we may be getting more than in the past decade.”

DoD also has been planning changes in the makeup of its satellites, putting more payloads on a single spacecraft, thus returning a bigger bang for the buck since multiple launches are no longer required. “They’re trying to find ways to develop and build and operate their satellite systems a lot cheaper,” Cáceres said. “My sense is they’re going to save a lot of money there in terms of satellites.”

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Satellites | Space Defense Spending

05
April
2014

Sanctions Against Russia: Farcical Tantrums from US and EU?

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Sanctions Against Russia: Farcical Tantrums from US and EU?

Since 2011, when NASA concluded its final Space Shuttle flight, the US has heavily relied on the rockets as a means of conveyance to the ISS. NASA forks out in the order of $70.7 million to the Russian space agency Rosaviakosmos per seat on a Soyuz capsule. All parties, notes Marco Cáceres of the Teal Group, are happy: Rosaviakosmos gets some cash and NASA gets to have its astronauts on a space station that cost the US tax payer $100 billion.

Media Outlet: News Junkie Post Tags Crimea | International Space Station | NASA | Rosaviakosmos | Russia | Sanctions

03
April
2014

NASA’s breakup with Russia is a manipulative money grab

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

NASA’s breakup with Russia is a manipulative money grab

“It’s dismaying that NASA officials would be directed to use this crisis to score domestic political points on behalf of the White House.” Marco Cáceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at Teal Group, is also perturbed. “It sounds like they are trying to use the crisis [in Crimea] as a way to increase NASA’s funding,” he says, “but it’s a disingenuous way of making the case, especially since there are a lot of other good reasons to increase NASA’s budget.” Currently, the agency’s budget is just under $18 billion — a level of funding that the agency has maintained more or less for the last six years. “NASA is extremely underfunded as it is,” Cáceres says. “Any recent increases have been barely enough to keep up with inflation.”

Cáceres says he is more concerned with NASA’s prediction that the agency will be able to launch from US soil as early as 2017. Even with a marked increase in NASA funding, he says, the likelihood of a US-based launch is minuscule because NASA doesn’t currently have access to a viable means of transportation to the ISS. “There really isn’t any great option in terms of a vehicle,” he says. “Even if you were to increase [NASA's] budget by 10 or 20 percent — maybe even 50 — you still wouldn’t have a good way of getting up there.” Cáceres says that although NASA is developing a heavy-lift rocket system called the Space Launch System, it won’t be ready for a crewed spaceflight before 2021.

Media Outlet: The Verge Tags Crimea | International Space Station | NASA | Rosaviakosmos | Russia | Sanctions | Ukraine

03
April
2014

Ponen en duda los motivos por los que la NASA rompió relaciones con Rusia

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Ponen en duda los motivos por los que la NASA rompió relaciones con Rusia

“Resulta desalentador que los funcionarios de la NASA reciban indicaciones de utilizar esta crisis para ganar puntos políticos a nivel nacional en representación de la Casa Blanca”, dijo Marco Cáceres, analista y director de estudios espaciales de la consultora Teal Group.  Según Cáceres, “parece que están tratando de utilizar la crisis [en Crimea] como una manera de aumentar la financiación de la NASA”, lo cual, en su opinión, es una forma errónea de actuar.

Media Outlet: Russia Today Tags Crimea | NASA | Rosaviakosmos | Russia

26
March
2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne to lay off about 150 workers in Canoga Park

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Aerojet Rocketdyne to lay off about 150 workers in Canoga Park

Without a defined national space policy, Aerojet Rocketdyne will struggle, said Marco A. Caceres, space analyst for the aerospace research firm Teal Group Corp. of Fairfax, Va. “In any merger, there are going to be layoffs,” he said. “The bigger question is what kind of demand is there for Rocketdyne’s products and what comes next for the company.”

Media Outlet: The Los Angeles Times Tags Aerojet | Canoga Park | Rocketdyne

18
March
2014

Musk Jab at Rival Shows U.S. Space Reliance on Russia

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Musk Jab at Rival Shows U.S. Space Reliance on Russia

Two companies vying with SpaceX for a NASA commercial crew program – Boeing(BA:US) and Sparks, Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corp. – - may also find themselves relying on Russian engines, because of their plans to use Atlas V rockets, said Marcia Smith, a former director of the space studies board at the National Research Council and now editor of Arlington, Virginia-based spacepolicyonline.com. Even so, mutual dependencies in space may make this one area that’s immune to disagreements on the ground. “The Russians are making money off these sales,” said Marco Caceres of the Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group. “It would make sense from a political standpoint to snub us, but from a financial standpoint, it’s not so good.”

Media Outlet: Bloomberg News, Business Week Tags Atlas V | Boeing | Elon Musk | Engines | Lockheed Martin | Russia | SpaceX | Ukraine | United Launch Alliance

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