Articles tagged with: Orion

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

04
October
2014

New Vietnam Ruling Could Open Door To Further Exports

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

New Vietnam Ruling Could Open Door To Further Exports

The State Department officials acknowledged that the definition of maritime security will likely include aircraft. And for a US industrial base that is hoping for foreign sales to boost profits amid domestic budget cuts, Vietnam could represent a goldmine, said Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group.

"There is a very high degree of inevitably that one day Vietnam will be a major US defense equipment market, and for quite a few years they've been heading in that direction," Aboulafia said. "Once again, the No. 1 promoter of the US cause, in terms of diplomacy, military cooperation and defense sales, is Beijing."

Media Outlet: The Street Tags Foreign Military Sales | Orion | P-3 | Vietnam

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