Articles tagged with: Engines

23
May
2014

Exhibit A in G.E.’s Case for Alstom Deal

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Exhibit A in G.E.’s Case for Alstom Deal

The venture had the good fortune to propose a brand-new engine concept in the mid-1970s, around the time that the United States Air Force was considering a revamp of its entire fleet of aerial refueling tankers. At about the same time, Boeing and Airbus were preparing to develop the generation of short-range single-aisle jets that have become the workhorses of the air travel industry. “From an industry standpoint, this was a winning lottery ticket,” said Richard L. Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with the Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia.

Media Outlet: New York Times Tags Alstom | CFM International | engines | General Electric

29
March
2014

Boeing’s Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

Featuring: Richard L. Aboulafia

Boeing’s Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

“You used to get quite a lot of 747s, but not that many that come in here now,” Chester says. “I think 747s will be a thing of the past in the not-too-distant future.” In fact, industry analysts have predicted that for some time, Richard Aboulafia, a commercial and military aircraft expert with the Teal Group consulting firm, says that with its four engines, the 747 is a gas-guzzler. Airlines are opting instead for newer, two-engine planes — like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. “Getting rid of engines is a great thing in terms of fuel efficiency,” Aboulafia says. “That’s why more and more airlines are focusing on those smaller-sized planes.”

Media Outlet: North Carolina Public Radio Tags 747 | 787 Dreamliner | Boeing | Engines

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

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