Amy Svitak

Amy Svitak
Paris Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy is Aviation Week's Paris bureau chief and covers European space and defense 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.

Japan, Italy Contribute CubeSats To NASA’s First SLS Flight 
Japan and Italy are partnering with NASA to fly three CubeSats beyond Earth orbit on the U.S. space agency’s inaugural flight of a new Space Launch System (SLS) in 2018.
European Soyuz Launches Twin Galileo Navigation Satellites 
European launch consortium Arianespace successfully lifted two Galileo satellites atop a Soyuz rocket May 24 from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, marking another milestone in Europe’s effort to create an autonomous positioning, navigation and timing constellation.
Silvercrest Certification Delayed Until 2018
Delays in development of Safran’s Silvercrest engine cost the company a one-time EUR654 million charge in 2015, helping drive operating profit for the year down more than 12% to EUR1.7 billion.
Airbus Begins Orion Service Module Assembly in Germany 
A European service module destined to fly on NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle in 2018 is starting to take shape at Airbus Defense and Space in Bremen, Germany.
DGA Conducts Test Flight Of Neuron UCAV Demo 
France’s defense procurement agency DGA conducted a first test flight of the Neuron unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator on May 17.
SpaceX Orbits JCSat-14, Returns Falcon 9 Core Stage To Barge Landing 
SpaceX orbited the JCSat-14 commercial communications satellite atop a Falcon 9 rocket on May 6, after which it successfully returned the vehicle’s first stage booster to an upright landing on an ocean barge off the eastern coast of Florida.
Thales First-Quarter Orders Drop; Defense Boosts Sales 
Thales Group saw modest sales growth in this year’s first quarter and an anticipated drop in orders compared to the first quarter of last year, when the French electronics supplier recorded Egypt’s purchase of Rafale combat jets.
Thales Sales Boosted By Defense, Transport; First Quarter Orders Drop 
Thales Group saw modest sales growth in this year’s first quarter and an anticipated drop in orders compared to the first quarter of last year, when the French electronics supplier recorded Egypt’s purchase of Rafale combat jets.
Airbus To Lead European Space-Debris Removal Project 
Airbus Defense and Space will lead a team of 10 European companies in developing technology that could reduce the risk of satellites and other spacecraft colliding with debris in orbit.
Pitch For Private Space Traffic Management 
The private sector could move quickly to help governments manage space surveillance and advise companies and spaceports on operating responsibly in orbit.
French Aerospace Sees Record Sales, Orders In 2015 
France’s aerospace and defense industry saw record sales in 2015 of €58.3 billion ($67.1 million), up 8.5% over the previous year, much of it due to exports that accounted for €39.4 billion, an increase of 14% over 2014.
Second Half of ExoMars Delayed Two Years to 2020 
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian space agency Roscosmos will delay the second leg of a two-pronged robotic mission to Mars from 2018 to mid-2020, ESA said May 2.
Safran Sees Silvercrest On Test Bench This Year 
French aerospace supplier Safran is making progress on a redesign of the new Silvercrest engine in development at its Snecma motors division.
Airbus Defense And Space Launches Ariane 6 Design Review 
Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launcher in development at Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) will kick off its preliminary design review April 28.
A400M Engine Woes Could Hurt Finances, Airbus Says  1
New technical issues plaguing the A400M airlifter’s TP400-D6 engine could pose a significant financial risk to Airbus Group.

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