Articles tagged with: ULA

23
March
2015

ULA to Retire Delta IV, Push for More RD-180s

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

ULA to Retire Delta IV, Push for More RD-180s

Marco Caceres, an analyst with the Teal Group, says there is a strong business case for ULA to retire the Delta IV, as the cost for keeping two redundant lines is significant. But he also acknowledged that there is a smart political angle at work. "If they were to cancel the Delta IV medium and all they have is the Atlas V, then there is a better argument to be made for preserving the RD-180 shipments," Caceres said. "No question about that. Have they thought about it? I'm sure people at ULA have considered it as a good strategic move."

But, Caceres said, there are many practical reasons for ULA to move away from the Delta IV, a largely redundant and expensive capacity. He notes that part of the reason Bruno was brought in to lead ULA last summer was to streamline the company in the face of SpaceX's competition. "If the Air Force wants ULA to be more competitive on price, it has to become leaner, and it can't do that with two redundant systems," Caceres said.

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Delta IV | RD-180 | ULA

19
August
2014

ULA Leadership Move Could Be Precursor to Further Changes

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

ULA Leadership Move Could Be Precursor to Further Changes

 The announcement put as positive a spin as possible on Gass' departure, but reading between the lines makes it clear leaders at the parent companies felt a change was needed, said Teal Group analyst Marco Caceres.

"Gass hung his hat on ULA's track record of successful launches," Caceres said. But ULA looked complacent when matched against the dynamic Elon Musk, whose SpaceX will shortly begin competing with ULA for military space launches.

Caceres said he expects to see layoffs and a streamlining of ULA to find all possible cost savings.

"My sense is you're going to see at ULA a restructuring of some sort, because ultimately they're going to have to find a way to be a lot more competitive on price," he said.

Media Outlet: Defense News Tags Atlas V | Michael Gass | ULA | United Launch Alliance

20
November
2013

ULA looking to save money, but has no plans for layoffs

Featuring: Marco A. Caceres

ULA looking to save money, but has no plans for layoffs

On Saturday, The Decatur Daily reported that Virginia-based aerospace industry analyst Marco Caceres said ULA’s large scale compared to newer competitors means it will have to cut workers to remain competitive in a tightening fiscal environment. “I think what they’re doing is looking at the future and saying they don’t see too much opportunity for growth and thinking they’ve got to be a little leaner to compete against some of the younger and smaller companies like SpaceX,” he said. “They’re going to have to lay off people.”

Media Outlet: Decatur Daily Tags ULA

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