Amy Svitak

Amy Svitak
Paris Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy is Aviation Week's Paris bureau chief and covers European space programs and the commercial satellite telecom industry.
 
Amy has reported extensively on space and defense programs in the U.S. and Europe, covering the final days of NASA's space shuttle program and the emergence of entrepreneurial space companies seeking a foothold in the commercial market. In defense, Amy closely covered the U.S. Air Force aerial refueling tanker competition during the administration of George W. Bush, the largest procurement scandal in the service's recent history. She also followed the proceedings of the 9/11 Commission and the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
Raised in a small town in central Arizona, Amy covered community and education issues for the state's largest daily newspaper before moving to Washington in 1999. She worked as the international arms trade reporter and later the Capitol Hill correspondent for Defense News, spent three years covering U.S. national security spending for National Journal's Congress Daily and two years writing about NASA at Space News before joining Aviation Week in May 2011.

Articles
Flat Space Budgets Make Cooperation Tricky 1
Export controls on space hardware and competition for public funds further complicate space cooperation.
Civil Space Using More Public-Private Partnerships 
Following the ISS model, civil space agencies are tapping private partners for spaceflight developments
Space Cooperation Continues Despite Geopolitics 
Intra-nation tensions related to Ukraine situation and other matters have left space partnerships relatively unscathed
Russia’s Proton Returns To Flight 
Russia’s Proton M/Briz M heavy-lift launch vehicle successfully returned to flight Sept. 28, sending a Russian government satellite to geosynchronous orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Inside the European Data Relay System
Aviation Week looks at the laser technology that the European Data Relay System (EDRS) will use to transmit data via geostationary satellites. EDRS aims to provide nearly uninterrupted data links to low-Earth-orbiting spacecraft and allow ground stations that need it most to receive information in near-real time.
FAA’s Vincent Capezzuto Appointed Aireon CTO 
Aireon says that as an architect of the FAA’s ground-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system, Capezzuto will lend his expertise in the design and development of Aireon’s space-based global ADS-B network.
Aireon To Offer Free Space-Based Aircraft Tracking Service

PARIS—A company establishing a global commercial aircraft-tracking service says it will offer a piece of that capability, free-of-charge, to all airlines equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) terminals.

ESA Chooses ‘Least Bad’ Landing Site For Philae Comet Probe 
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko poses an unexpected challenge for Rosetta mission.
Airbus Group To Focus On Military Aircraft, Space And Missiles
Airbus Group ditching non-core assets, including its stake in Dassault
NASA’s Commercial Crew Awards Set To Open Door To LEO 
NASA Commercial Crew Contract Contenders Still Have Eyes On Prize
France Joins U.S. Air Strikes In Iraq 
French President Francois Hollande outlined his nation’s response to Islamist militants in Iraq during a Sept. 18 press conference in Paris, including a plan to conduct air strikes in the war-torn Middle Eastern state.
Airbus Announces Divestiture Plan, Concentrates On Core Products 
The plan, announced Sept. 16, comes as the company tries to consolidate its market share in space launchers, satellites, military aircraft and missiles as its future core business.
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