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.

Upgraded Falcon 9 May Need Additional Certification 
An uprated engine and other enhancements to the Falcon 9 rocket will give SpaceX the ability to continue lifting commercial satellites to GEO while testing reusability of the launcher’s core stage. But it could require additional efforts to certify the vehicle for government missions.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches First All-Electric Satellites 
Using an xenon-ion propulsion system, rather than conventional chemical propellant, the 702SP requires about eight months transit time to reach its final operating position in geosynchronous orbit.
A400M Issues Spoil Otherwise Strong 2014 For Airbus Defense and Space 
Despite a record year for the space business of Airbus Defense and Space (ADS), the division’s overall 2014 financial results were disappointing.
Iridium Delays First NEXT Launches Over Software Concerns 
Iridium Communications Inc. says it will postpone the launch of its first two next-generation mobile communications satellites atop a commercial Dnepr rocket because of delays in spacecraft software development.
Iridium Teams With Terminal Makers For New Broadband Service 
Iridium will partner with four manufacturers to design, build and distribute satellite terminals compatible with the fleet operator's new Iridium Certus broadband service.
Russia To Quit ISS In 2024, Build Space Base In LEO 12
Russia plans to end its participation in the International Space Station after 2024, and develop its own national space station in low Earth orbit.
Despite JWST Progress, A Key Subsystem Faces Delays 
Long-delayed NASA James Webb Space Telescope to run tests of critical instruments this summer.
SES To Launch Two New Satellites On Falcon 9 Rockets 
The new spacecraft, both of which are to be launched atop Falcon 9 rockets in 2017, include the SES-14 hybrid propulsion satellite to be built by Airbus Defense and Space, and the SES-16/GovSat spacecraft contracted to Orbital/ATK.
Europe’s Sentinel-2 Earth Observation Sat Readies For June Launch 
Developed and built for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, Sentinel-2A is designed to image the Earth’s landmass from an orbit at 786 km (488.4 mi.) altitude for a design life of 7-12 years.
JWST Sees Instrument Progress, But Key Spacecraft Subsystem Delayed 
The program’s Integrated Science Instrument Module team says it has overcome a series of challenges plaguing all four of the module’s instruments, as well as a cryocooler subsystem that supports the Mid-Infrared Instrument.
Lockheed Martin Rejiggering A2100 Production for Cost, Schedule Gains 
Upgrades to Lockheed Martin’s workhorse A2100 satellite bus are reflected in a shrinking footprint on the ground, as the company consolidates its production facilities to meet a goal of cutting the cost of the spacecraft by 35% and delivery time by 25%.
France, Russia Sign Space Cooperation Accord 
France and Russia have signed a cooperative agreement that could see France send a life-sciences experiment into space on Russia’s next Bion capsule, set for launch in 2019, and to explore the possibility of flying a French instrument on Russia’s Interhelioprobe solar mission in 2020.
SES-9 Hopes To Be First To Launch On Falcon 9 Engine Upgrade 
The European fleet operator plans to be the first customer to launch atop an upgraded version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is expected to fly a more powerful Merlin 1D engine as early as the second quarter of this year.
Last ATV Leaves Progress To Reboost, De-Orbit ISS 
ESA’s final ATV mission means Russia’s Progress freighter is the only vehicle left to reboost and ultimately de-orbit the ISS.
ESA's IXV Demonstrates Reusability 
The success of Europe's experimental IXV technology demonstration could open the door for future development of reusable space transportation vehicles.
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Mar 2, 2015

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On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

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Feb 27, 2015

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Feb 27, 2015

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Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

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