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01
December
1997

Space Debris: Small But Growing Problem

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Space Debris: Small But Growing Problem

While China’s anti-satellite system test created a bit more debris in orbit by reducing China’s Feng Yun 1C polar-orbiting weather satellite to a cloud of debris, it is everyday space operations that contribute the vast majority of the space junk in orbit. “The response to the Chinese test was probably overdone,” says Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies for Teal Group of Fairfax, Va. “Debris is going into space all the time. Satellites are maneuvered down and burn up in the atmosphere and spread into tiny pieces.

Often where there is a launch, the upper stage of the rocket eventually drops off before placing satellite into orbit. Much of that will burn in the atmosphere, but some will stay in orbit. … The Chinese test was not anything particularly alarming in itself,” he says. “The issue of space debris is alarming, particularly for commercial operators and especially at low-Earth orbit, where a lot of that debris will end up. There is still a chance to be hit, even though it’s a huge area. This has to be addressed as we put up more satellites.”

Media Outlet: Via Satellite Tags Anti-Satellite System Test | China | Space | Space Debris

30
April
1997

Boeing Joins Gates, McCaw in Internet Space Venture

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Boeing Joins Gates, McCaw in Internet Space Venture

But experts say Boeing’s resources may help Teledesic overcome the hurdles. “In the past there has been a lot of skepticism,” said Marco Caceres, an analyst with the Teal Group Corp., a Fairfax, Va., consulting firm. “But now with Boeing, they have a whole lot more credibility . . . because Boeing is one of the world’s biggest players in the commercial [satellite] launch business.”

Media Outlet: The Los Angeles Times Tags Boeing | Teledesic

24
April
1997

Missile Fails 4 Tests But Gets Pentagon Green Light

Featuring: Steven J. Zaloga

Missile Fails 4 Tests But Gets Pentagon Green Light

Experts say the technology is so complex that the program simply needs time to mature. Analyst Steven Zaloga, who follows the missile industry for the Teal Group defense consulting firm, said he was not surprised that the Pentagon panels gave the troubled THAAD a green light. “People have to be more patient with it,” Zaloga said. “New technology doesn’t follow schedules real tightly.”

Media Outlet: The Baltimore Sun Tags THAAD

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