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
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.
Ariane 5 Orbits Measat-3b, Jabiru-2, Optus-10 

PARIS — An Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA lifted two commercial communications satellites to orbit on Sept. 11, launching Measat-3b for Malaysian fleet operator Measat and Optus-10 for SingTel-Optus of Australia.

Ball Aerospace To Develop Optical Communications Constellation 

PARIS—Start-up optical service provider Laser Light Communications has selected Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. as prime contractor for building the first global, all-optical commercial satellite constellation.

RD-180 Deliveries Mostly Unaffected By Political Climate 
Space industry sees little impact from U.S., European tensions with Moscow
France Deploys Two Rafale Jets To Iraq 
The French defense ministry says the mission is being conducted under the tactical control of French Rear Adm. Antoine Beaussant, commander of French forces in the Indian Ocean.
Europe Targets Site For Rosetta’s Comet Lander 
European scientists have identified a landing site on the “head” of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the Rosetta mission’s 100-kg Philae robotic probe that offers unique scientific potential and minimum risk to the lander, relative to other candidate sites.
System For Locating GPS Jamming Sources Tested 

 Exelis Inc. and Chronos Technology Ltd. have successfully tested a new GPS threat-detection system designed to identify and locate sources of jamming. 

The Signal Sentry 1000 system was deployed in August during GPS-interference trials that took place in Sennybridge, U.K., with the product locating stationary and moving jammers in both open and obstructed environments.

Ball Aerospace To Develop Optical Communications Constellation 
The contract includes a first-phase design analysis that will lead to completion of an eight-satellite constellation operating in Medium Earth Orbit.
Space Industry Sees Little Effect From Western Tensions With Moscow
Global space industry leaders say the effect of mounting tensions with Moscow has so far been minimal.
System For Locating GPS Jamming Sources Tested 
The Signal Sentry 1000 system was deployed in August during GPS-interference trials that took place in Sennybridge, U.K., with the product locating stationary and moving jammers in both open and obstructed environments.
Boeing Wins First Commercial Hyperspectral Satellite Contract 
Boeing has won its first commercial order for the 502 Phoenix small satellite platform from startup Hyspeciq of Washington, a deal that will orbit the first commercial, high-resolution hyperspectral payloads in space.
Space Industry Sees Little Effect From Western Tensions With Moscow 
Launch service providers that utilize Russian and Ukrainian hardware say worsening tensions are so far not being felt at the industry level.
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