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.

Fleet Operators Skeptical Of SpaceX, OneWeb Broadband Plans 

Since unveiling plans in January to build rival networks of hundreds, or even thousands, of Internet satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), SpaceX and OneWeb are prompting comparisons with past ventures that flopped, among them Teledesic and Skybridge, two well-financed start-ups whose visions of delivering high-speed broadband to the masses were thwarted by technical setbacks.

Dassault Aviation Net Sales Down 20% In 2014 
The Saint-Cloud, France-based aircraft maker delivered 66 Falcon jets last year compared to 77 in 2013. And as was the case in 2013, Dassault delivered 11 Rafale combat aircraft last year to the French armed forces.
Airbus Official Forced Out Over A400M Delays 12
Domingo Ureña-Raso, who oversaw development of the Airbus A400M, has been forced to resign because of delays in getting the airlifter into service.
Europe To Launch Six Galileo Sats On Soyuz Rockets This Year 
The European Commission says it will launch the next six Galileo navigation satellites in pairs atop a trio of Europeanized Soyuz rockets this year.
Russia Merges Roscosmos With State-Owned Corporation 
Russia will combine the functions of its Roscosmos space agency with the holdings of United Rocket and Space Corp. (URSC) to create a massive state-owned entity that consolidates most of Russia’s space sector.
Canadian Commercial Remote-sensing Company Signs $65-million Services Deal 
Canadian startup UrtheCast seeks to secure its future with revenues from imagery services and ISS commercial experiments.
Azerbaijan Takes Over French Remote-Sensing Satellite In Export Transaction 
Global demand for Earth-observation satellites booming, mainly from emerging countries lacking their own space programs.
Germany Wants Work Share On French Imaging Satellite 
France seeks European partners for Musis imaging satellite program.
SES Turns To Arianespace To Launch First Electric-Propulsion Spacecraft 
After booking several missions on SpaceX rockets, Luxembourg-based fleet operator SES has returned to European launch consortium Arianespace to orbit its first all-electric communications satellite.
SpaceX Testing Merlin 1D Engine Enhancement For Falcon 9 Core 
The upgrade will provide a 20% increase in thrust level, enabling the Falcon 9 to haul extra fuel needed to support ongoing development of a reusable core stage, says Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at Luxembourg fleet operator SES.
SpaceX, OneWeb Unveil Rival Broadband Constellation Plans 6
Dueling global satellite Internet systems could be on the horizon if plans by SpaceX and OneWeb come to fruition.
More A400M Delivery Delays Expected In 2015 8
Supplier woes are forcing Airbus Defense and Space to revise delivery plans for the A400M tactical transport aircraft this year.
ESA Poised For Busy 2015 With 8% Boost In Annual Budget 
The budget includes sizable commitments from the European Commission (EC) and Europe’s EUMETSAT meteorological satellite organization.
Certification Process Slows SpaceX’s Market Push 
SpaceX’s near-term plans for U.S. government work have been thwarted by certification requirements.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 29, 2015

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Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 23, 2015

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Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

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