Articles tagged with: 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

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

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

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

16
March
2014

As Ukraine Crisis Unfolds, DoD’s Options Are Limited

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

As Ukraine Crisis Unfolds, DoD’s Options Are Limited

If Russia did cut off supplies of the RD-180, it might be more symbolic than actually painful for the US, according to Marco Caceres, director of space studies with the Teal Group. “The Atlas V isn’t launching that much, so short-term impact would be minimal,” Caceres said. “The long-term impact would be that Atlas V would have to find another engine and that wouldn’t be easy.” The biggest impact might come not to US military launch, but to the corporate firms that provide it. Right now, military launch is provided either by ULA’s Atlas V or Delta IV. For years, the US has wanted to maintain two families of launch vehicles in case one failed. However, SpaceX looks poised for certification this year. The combination of having a third launch option, along with the lack of RD-180 parts, might lead to the end of the Atlas V. That may be all hypothetical, however, as Caceres doubts Russia would block sales of RD-180s, primarily because of the financial impact. “It’s not to the benefit of the Russians to do this. These are engines that bring in hard currency to Russia, the same way Russian oil and gas does,” he said. “Russia doesn’t really export much else of any consequence. ”

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Atlas V | Engines | Lockheed Martin | Russia | SpaceX | Ukraine | United Launch Alliance

23
February
2014

Government and industry work to cut the cost of reaching space

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Government and industry work to cut the cost of reaching space

SpaceX’s prices are so low that they could upend the price structure the Air Force has used in sending military satellites into orbit. “What we do know is that if you look at a SpaceX heavy launcher like a Falcon 9 or a Falcon heavy, it’s at least 50 percent cheaper than a comparable vehicle by Boeing or Lockheed,” said Marco Caceres, senior analyst at the Teal Group Corp. in Fairfax, Va. “We’re talking at least $50 million cheaper per vehicle so it’s a significant cost saving for the Air Force.”

Media Outlet: San Bernadino County Sun Tags Air Force | Boeing | DARPA | Falcon 9 | Falcon Heavy | NASA | SpaceX

25
November
2013

SpaceX satellite launch could be ‘game changer’

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

SpaceX satellite launch could be ‘game changer’

But SpaceX’s success could reshape the way the entire globe accesses space. “There is no pressure for the Europeans, Chinese, or Russians to bring down their launch costs because they can get whatever they charge,” says Marco Caceres, analyst with the Teal Group, told the magazine. “But now that you’ve got SpaceX, that’s the key to putting downward pressure on the prices. And you should start to see launch costs gradually come down. To me that’s going to be their biggest contribution to the industry.”

Media Outlet: Jacksonville Business Journal Tags SpaceX

02
September
2013

Billionaires Battle as Bezos-Musk Companies Vie for Launch Pad

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Billionaires Battle as Bezos-Musk Companies Vie for Launch Pad

NASA may not be able to award the lease until the U.S. Government Accountability Office weighs in. Blue Origin this month protested NASA’s solicitation with the federal arbitrator of contract disputes. The GAO has until Dec. 12 to issue its decision. Even if both companies agree to share the launch pad, the winner of the lease has control. “If you own that lease, then you can decide when you allow somebody else to use it,” said Marco Caceres, a senior space analyst for Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group. “You have control over when you launch instead of taking what is provided by another company when they choose to give it.”

Media Outlet: Bloomberg News Tags Elon Musk | Kennedy Space Center | SpaceX

18
March
2013

The Race to Cash in on Earth Orbit

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

The Race to Cash in on Earth Orbit

“The two companies I think are extremely well-positioned for the future are Arianespace and SpaceX,” says Marco Caceres, an aerospace analyst with the Teal Group. “They are the ones who are the most diversified and have the best pricing.” SpaceX offers $160 million launches, about $100 million less than those of Arianespace and ULA.

Media Outlet: Popular Mechanics Tags Arianespace | SpaceX

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