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.

Europe’s Rosetta Mission First To Rendezvous With Comet
Rosetta is now ready to swivel into an elliptical orbit around 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will spend the next two months searching for a landing site for the mission’s small Philae robotic probe.
Space Buses Coming Faster And Cheaper
Lockheed Martin is testing 3-D-printed subsystems on A2100 space bus
NASA Advances Orion Module Integration 
ATV retirement opens new chapter in U.S., European space cooperation
Airbus, Safran Push Launch Consolidation 
Europe’s future ISS role complicated by next-gen launcher debate
ILS Cuts Staff 25%, Halves Commercial Proton Targets 
International Launch Services (ILS) says it will cut 25% of its workforce and reduce its targeted number of commercial Proton M/Briz M launches from seven or eight annually to just three or four, the company said Aug. 4.
Ariane 5 ES Launches Europe's Last ATV Cargo Mission to ISS
An Ariane 5 ES launch vehicle sent Europe's fifth and final ATV cargo vehicle to the ISS July 29.
Sanctions From ISS Partner Nations Slow Moscow 2024 Decision 4
A new round of U.S. and European sanctions leveled at Russia’s rising aggression against Ukraine could slow a key decision this year on Moscow’s participation in the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020.
Dassault Falcon Revenues Down, Optimism For Rafale Exports Persists 

PARIS — Dassault Aviation reported lower Falcon business jet revenues in the first half of 2014, but orders are up and the company is optimistic that a new Indian government elected in May will soon finalize a multi-billion contract for the sale of 126 Rafale combat aircraft.

Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier said the company reported net sales of €1.5 billion ($2 billion) with adjusted net income of €145 million, both down 17% compared to the same period in 2013.

France Takes Delivery of Third A400M 

PARIS — French arms procurement agency DGA took delivery of the nation’s third Airbus A400M military transport aircraft July 25.

Built by Airbus Defense and Space, MSN10 was delivered to France’s Orléans-Bricy Air Base after receiving certification in mid-May.

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