Articles tagged with: Russia

30
September
2014

Proton Rocket Returns To Uneasy Expectations

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Proton Rocket Returns To Uneasy Expectations

"When it's working it works just fine but, to me, [the May 2014 failure] just sounds like bad workmanship," said Marco Caceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at the Teal Group. "It could be the bolts were poorly manufactured, it might have been corrosion — maybe they didn't screw them on tight enough; who knows?"

Media Outlet: Reuters Tags Proton | Russia

25
July
2014

The Complex Pentagon: Russia Could Move Heavier Weapons Into Ukraine 'Imminently'

Featuring: Joel Johnson

The Complex Pentagon: Russia Could Move Heavier Weapons Into Ukraine 'Imminently'

"I would be astonished if the French don't deliver both ships," said Joel Johnson, a defense trade consultant with the Teal Group.

An official at the French Embassy in Washington declined to provide comment beyond what Hollande said on Monday.
Bloomberg reports that the construction of the second carrier, called the Sevastopol, is roughly 75 percent complete and paid for.

Russia is buying the ships from France because it's cheaper and faster than having to design one on its own. In the original deal, signed in 2011, the two countries agreed that the first two ships would be built and completed in France, with a third and fourth ship to be built in Russia.

Johnson said France could refuse to provide technical assistance to build the follow-on ships for Russia but that beyond that, France would most likely stick to its original agreement. This is partly because France, like other European countries, can't afford America's idealism when it comes to defense exports.

"There's no European country that can support a defense industry without exports," Johnson said. "It's much more painful for them to cut off exports and antagonize a customer than it is for the United States."

Therefore, compared to the United States, France has a reputation as a "highly dependable arms exporter," Johnson said. France risks hurting that image if it reneges on its Mistral contract with Russia.

Media Outlet: Foreign Policy Tags France | Mistral | Russia

18
July
2014

Shooting Down MH17: How Hard Would It Be To Take Down A Passenger Jet With A Buk Missile System?

Featuring: Steven J. Zaloga

Shooting Down MH17: How Hard Would It Be To Take Down A Passenger Jet With A Buk Missile System?

"It requires an extensive crew, a dozen men, and they all have to be highly trained," said Steve Zaloga, a senior analyst at Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia, and an expert in Russian military technology. "Some of the tasks are less complicated, like more administrative tasks, but difficult training is required either way."

According to Zaloga, it's not as if the pro-separatists just found the launcher and pointed it at the aircraft. First of all, operating the launcher typically requires two or three other other radar vehicles and a supporting command system.

"All of the vehicles have to interact together at the same time, which is why the U.S. government is suspicious about who was helping them use the equipment," Zaloga said.

Media Outlet: International Business Times Tags Buk | Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 | Missiles | Russia

18
July
2014

Weapon Eyed in Malaysia Jet Crash Can't Tell Planes Apart

Featuring: Steven J. Zaloga

Weapon Eyed in Malaysia Jet Crash Can't Tell Planes Apart

he powerful Cold War-era Buk missile system was built to protect Soviet army units from attacking aircraft during wartime. Unlike fixed-weapons used for national air defense, a Buk system in the field being used by separatist rebels likely wouldn't have information from air-traffic control centers, said Steve Zaloga, a senior analyst for the Teal Group Corp. in Virginia.

"The Buk system is not designed for peacetime use where it interacts with air traffic control," Zaloga said. "They would have seen a radar blip at 33,000 feet, but that's all they would have seen."

Media Outlet: NBC News Tags Buk | Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 | Missiles | Russia

30
June
2014

Hunt for RD-180 Replacement Begins

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Hunt for RD-180 Replacement Begins

And the RD-180 has its supporters. "There's nothing out there that's better in terms of weight-to-power ratio than the RD-180," said Marco Caceres, an analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group. "I don't know if you can come up with an engine as powerful as the RD-180 in a short time from scratch. "It's really more about developing the least expensive engine that will make the Atlas V much cheaper commercially."

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Atlas V | RD-180 | Russia | United Launch Alliance

16
May
2014

U.S.-Russia Tension Could Affect Space Station, Satellites

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

U.S.-Russia Tension Could Affect Space Station, Satellites

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 International Space Station | ISS | Russia

13
May
2014

The Intergalactic Tug of War that has Sent US-Russian Relations Crashing Down to Earth

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

The Intergalactic Tug of War that has Sent US-Russian Relations Crashing Down to Earth

It's believed that ULA has enough RD-180s to continue to launch Atlas V's for the next two years, however if it is to continue to do so in the long-term it would need to develop a replacement engine, which Marco Caceres, director of Space Studies at the Teal Corporation, a US research agency, tells IBTimes UK could cost the military up to $1bn. "The real winner in all of this is SpaceX," says Caceres, who explains that the US airforce will now be encouraged to look at alternative options to the Atlas V, including SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. He continues: "From a business standpoint it's a silly move as they make money from the sale of the engine. On the other hand, from a pride standpoint, it doesn't surprise me that Putin would stop selling the engine altogether, in a way saying to the US: 'see how you like that'."

Media Outlet: International Business Times Tags Energomash | RD-180 | Russia | United Launch Alliance

05
April
2014

Sanctions Against Russia: Farcical Tantrums from US and EU?

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Sanctions Against Russia: Farcical Tantrums from US and EU?

Since 2011, when NASA concluded its final Space Shuttle flight, the US has heavily relied on the rockets as a means of conveyance to the ISS. NASA forks out in the order of $70.7 million to the Russian space agency Rosaviakosmos per seat on a Soyuz capsule. All parties, notes Marco Cáceres of the Teal Group, are happy: Rosaviakosmos gets some cash and NASA gets to have its astronauts on a space station that cost the US tax payer $100 billion.

Media Outlet: News Junkie Post Tags Crimea | International Space Station | NASA | Rosaviakosmos | Russia | Sanctions

03
April
2014

NASA’s breakup with Russia is a manipulative money grab

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

NASA’s breakup with Russia is a manipulative money grab

“It’s dismaying that NASA officials would be directed to use this crisis to score domestic political points on behalf of the White House.” Marco Cáceres, senior analyst and director of space studies at Teal Group, is also perturbed. “It sounds like they are trying to use the crisis [in Crimea] as a way to increase NASA’s funding,” he says, “but it’s a disingenuous way of making the case, especially since there are a lot of other good reasons to increase NASA’s budget.” Currently, the agency’s budget is just under $18 billion — a level of funding that the agency has maintained more or less for the last six years. “NASA is extremely underfunded as it is,” Cáceres says. “Any recent increases have been barely enough to keep up with inflation.”

Cáceres says he is more concerned with NASA’s prediction that the agency will be able to launch from US soil as early as 2017. Even with a marked increase in NASA funding, he says, the likelihood of a US-based launch is minuscule because NASA doesn’t currently have access to a viable means of transportation to the ISS. “There really isn’t any great option in terms of a vehicle,” he says. “Even if you were to increase [NASA's] budget by 10 or 20 percent — maybe even 50 — you still wouldn’t have a good way of getting up there.” Cáceres says that although NASA is developing a heavy-lift rocket system called the Space Launch System, it won’t be ready for a crewed spaceflight before 2021.

Media Outlet: The Verge Tags Crimea | International Space Station | NASA | Rosaviakosmos | Russia | Sanctions | Ukraine

03
April
2014

Ponen en duda los motivos por los que la NASA rompió relaciones con Rusia

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

Ponen en duda los motivos por los que la NASA rompió relaciones con Rusia

“Resulta desalentador que los funcionarios de la NASA reciban indicaciones de utilizar esta crisis para ganar puntos políticos a nivel nacional en representación de la Casa Blanca”, dijo Marco Cáceres, analista y director de estudios espaciales de la consultora Teal Group.  Según Cáceres, “parece que están tratando de utilizar la crisis [en Crimea] como una manera de aumentar la financiación de la NASA”, lo cual, en su opinión, es una forma errónea de actuar.

Media Outlet: Russia Today Tags Crimea | NASA | Rosaviakosmos | Russia

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