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.

French President Postpones Mistral Helo Delivery To Russia 
French President Francois Hollande has indefinitely postponed delivery of the first of two Mistral-class helicopter assault ships to Russia, citing ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces.
Russian Sailors Denied Training Access Aboard RFS Vladivostok 
In the wake of continuing hostilities in Ukraine, France is refusing to deliver the first Mistral warship to Russia, in spite of threats
France Readies Order For 12 Airbus MRTT Refueling Aircraft 
The French defense ministry said on Nov. 20 that it is ready to order 12 multirole refueling and transport (MRTT) aircraft from Airbus Defense and Space, under an agreement valued at around €3 billion ($3.7 billion).
Thales, MBDA Sign Agreements With Polish Defense Electronics Company 
Signed Nov. 17, the Thales/MBDA agreements will cover development, production and maintenance in support of Poland’s new air and missile defense system based on key elements of SAMP/T.
Philae Mission Winds Down As Rosetta Orbiter Enters New Science Phase 
The Rosetta mission’s Philae lander completed its primary science mission on Nov. 15 after nearly 57 hr. on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the robotic probe has ceased contact with ground controllers and has likely gone into hibernation.
Airbus Defense And Space Signs Orion Contract With ESA 
Airbus Defense and Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency for development and construction of a service module for NASA’s Orion crew capsule.
A Brief History of Comet Exploration
Rosetta is the first mission designed to orbit and land on a comet. The €1.4 billion exploration campaign, the first to undertake a lengthy exploration of a comet at close quarters, builds on the first fly-bys of comets in the 1980s led by NASA, ESA, Russia and Japan.
Despite Difficult Landing, Europe’s Comet-Chasing Mission Is Historic
The tricky landing of a 100-kg probe on the comet’s surface Nov. 12 marks the crowning achievement in an already stunning exploration campaign.
ESA’s Comet Lander Operational In Unplanned Landing Site 
The European Space Agency’s 100-kg (220-lb.) Philae lander is sending back science data from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, although the problems with its landing system could limit its science return.
Europe’s Comet Lander Touches Down; May Not Have Stable Footing 
Led by the European Space Agency (ESA), today’s landing of a 100-kg (220-lb.) probe marks the crowning achievement in an already stunning exploration campaign.
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