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28
October
2014

Rocket Bound for Space Station Blows Up Just After Liftoff

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Rocket Bound for Space Station Blows Up Just After Liftoff

Marco Caceres, senior analyst at the Teal Group, said the explosion will cause people to question whether NASA should be turning to private companies to launch spacecraft.

"There are people in Congress who say NASA should not be relying on private companies," Caceres said. "Many people will now say, 'We told you so.'"

But there's always a chance of failure with rocket launches, he said, whether it's with a private company or with NASA.

Caceres noted that Orbital has experienced several failures with its Antares and Taurus rocket vehicles. "This is not a good record for Orbital."

Media Outlet: Los Angeles Times Tags Antares | International Space Station | Orbital ATK

25
October
2014

Sinclair Sees UAS Payoff in Future Jobs

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Sinclair Sees UAS Payoff in Future Jobs

Phil Finnegan, a drone expert at the Virginia-based Teal Group, also predicted new jobs on the horizon. "There definitely will be growth of new jobs in the UAS industry as commercial operations begin," he said. "At this point, what everyone is waiting for is the FAA to take steps to begin to open air space and that's going to take time."

Media Outlet: Dayton Daily News Tags Drones | UAVs

22
October
2014

Socom Seeks Drone Services to Collect Intel

Featuring: Philip Finnegan

Socom Seeks Drone Services to Collect Intel

The Socom notification is a big deal for the drone industry, said Phil Finnegan, director of corporate analysis for the Teal Group, an aerospace defense consulting firm. "From the industry perspective this is important, because there are very few programs out there," said Finnegan. "Companies are eager not just to get the business, but to get a blue chip customer like Socom."

Media Outlet: The Tampa Tribune Tags Drones | Socom | UAVs

22
October
2014

How 3D Printing Could Help Replace Russian Rockets

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

How 3D Printing Could Help Replace Russian Rockets

Additive manufacturing could save substantial time and money in engine development, but the technology is still unproven, said Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at the Teal Group consulting firm. "Right now, what the Air Force needs with regard to a new engine is precisely that, to save a lot of time and money," he said.

Media Outlet: National Journal Tags Atlas V | RD-180

22
October
2014

General Dynamics Joins Northrop Beating Estimates on Margin Gain

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

General Dynamics Joins Northrop Beating Estimates on Margin Gain

"They cut costs in anticipation of this downturn," said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace consultant with Fairfax, Va.-based Teal Group. "Given the shifting political winds, it's likely that the downturn isn't even going to be as severe as feared."

Media Outlet: Military Times Tags General Dynamics | Northrop Grumman

21
October
2014

Teal Group Analysts Forecast Defense Electronics Market Leaders

Featuring: Dr. David L. Rockwell

Teal Group Analysts Forecast Defense Electronics Market Leaders

"Lockheed Martin will lead with $52.5 billion in total funding, based on leadership in C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence), and dominant positions in electro-optics (EO) due to airborne fighter and attack helicopter targeting system markets, and in sonar due to A-RCI (Acoustic-Rapid COTS Insertion)," said Teal Group's senior electronics analyst and author of the new manufacturer market shares overview, Dr. David Rockwell.

"They will also hold a solid third in the radar market based on another dominant program, the naval AN/SPY-1 Aegis system," said Rockwell "Lockheed Martin has strengthened its future in many markets where it had previously been a minor player, only recently rising above Northrop Grumman and Raytheon in the overall electronics market future."

Media Outlet: Satellite News Tags Defense Electronics

20
October
2014

The F-117 is Still Flying. But why?

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

The F-117 is Still Flying. But why?

"I would just guess it's for radar signature testing," Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with the Teal Group, said when asked what the F-117 could be doing. "It could conceivably be testing aerodynamics, also. It was one of the earlier generations of planes that shouldn't have been flying but did, thanks to the magic of fly by wire and computers. It could also be fatigue testing for materials that were used on the plane, to see how well those are holding up over time."

Another option is they are test beds of a different kind — retrofitted into unmanned systems, perhaps to check on the capability of optionally-manned systems for stealth aircraft. And of course it's possible they are being kept warm in case of military need, but it's hard to see what gap they would be fitting specifically in the military network.

All of which is to say, as Aboulafia put it, the planes could be used to test "any number of things."

Media Outlet: Military Times Tags F-117

18
October
2014

Air Force Strike Chief Urges B-52 Engine Replacement

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Air Force Strike Chief Urges B-52 Engine Replacement

Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with the Teal Group, agreed that the engines make sense from both a fiscal and operational viewpoint. "You'd cut fuel and maintenance in half just for starters, and you can lift more and do it faster," Aboulafia said. "It's better across the board and cheaper across the board. There are no drawbacks."

Media Outlet: Military Times Tags B-52 | Pratt & Whitney | PW2000 | TF33-P-3_103

17
October
2014

Japan to Roll Out Aerospace Hope With First Commercial Jet in Half a Century

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Japan to Roll Out Aerospace Hope With First Commercial Jet in Half a Century

Mitsubishi's problem is Embraer's headstart of over 1,000 aircraft orders, along with an established reputation for financing, reliability and after-sales service, said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at consultancy Teal Group.

After the MRJ came into the picture, Embraer said it would upgrade its E-Jets with the same fuel efficient Pratt & Whitney engines under the name E2. These will be delivered from 2018 only a year after the delayed MRJ.

"The E-Jet E2 will produce economics every bit as competitive as the MRJ, despite the lack of clean-sheet design," said Morris.

Mitsubishi has a better chance of displacing Bombardier, which has bet big on developing its CSeries to break into the market for 150-seat aircraft at the expense of its CRJ regional jets, said Aboulafia.

Media Outlet: Reuters Tags Mitsubishi Aircraft | MRJ

16
October
2014

Mitsubishi Aircraft to Roll Out First Passenger Jet After Four-Year Delay

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Mitsubishi Aircraft to Roll Out First Passenger Jet After Four-Year Delay

"The rollout is a positive development, particularly useful for marketing," said Richard Aboulafia, a vice president of Teal Group, a Virginia-based consultant. "The MRJ order book is a good start for a new player." Still, "the MRJ program needs to prove that it can be competitive even up against the market leader."

Mitsubishi Aircraft wants to take half of the global market for regional aircraft over the next 20 years as Bombardier focuses on its new CSeries jets, which will be able to carry as many as 160 passengers. The CSeries program is also delayed.

Media Outlet: The Japan Times Tags Mitsubishi Aircraft | MRJ

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