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.

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 5
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.
Person of the Year: The Notorious Mr. Putin 105
Aviation Week’s Person of the Year is the figure who had the most impact—for better or, in this case, worse—on aerospace and aviation over the year. In 2014, Putin’s actions roiled defense, space and commercial aviation.
SES, Luxembourg Co-Finance Multi-Mission Satellite 
Luxembourg-based fleet operator SES and the Luxembourg government will each invest €50 million ($59 million) to create a joint venture that will build and launch a satellite using military Ka-band and X-band radio frequencies that will be used by the Luxembourg government and NATO allies.
SpaceX Launches Fifth Cargo Resupply Mission To The ISS 15
A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket launched the company’s fifth resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA Jan. 10, but the company's effort to land the Falcon 9 on a barge in the Atlantic was unsuccessful.
Airbus Group in process of purchasing French stake in Arianespace

PARIS – Airbus Safran Launchers, a joint venture that owns a 41% stake in Europe's Arianespace launch services company, will in the coming weeks acquire 34% of the rocket consortium currently owned by French space agency CNES, according to a senior Airbus Group official.

Space: What To Watch For In 2015
2015 is packed with developments in crew vehicles, satellite launches and scientific advancement. Mark the calendar with a list of some of the space news events for the new year.
Arianespace Touts Record Revenue, Launches In 2014 
After a disappointing 2013, Arianespace rebounds in 2014 and expects new opportunities in 2015.
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 1

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 13

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
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

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015

RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More
Jan 20, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 1

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More

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