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.

France, Gabon Eye Expanded Space Cooperation 
With the United Nations COP21 climate change forum just a few months away, France and Gabon are discussing expanded space cooperation in the area of Earth observation.
First Results From Europe’s Sentinel-2A Earth-Observation Satellite 
ESA says the satellite's initial images from its first scan of Earth are exceeding expectations.
Spain’s Planned Defense Boost Includes Drone Funds 
The money is part of Madrid’s broader purchase plan calling for a €171-million investment in medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system technology through 2020, though the first UAS is not expected to be operational before 2017.
Ariane 5 Lifts Eutelsat, Intelsat Comsats To Orbit 
European launch consortium Arianespace delivered two satellites to geostationary transfer orbit Aug. 20, including Eutelsat 8 West B for Paris-based Eutelsat Communications and Intelsat 34 for fleet operator Intelsat of Luxembourg and McLean, Virginia.
Spain Eyes MQ-9 Reaper Buy 
Spain is leaning toward the purchase of the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system (UAS), after weighing the General Atomics-built drone against Israel’s Heron TP.
Orbital ATK Buys Second Atlas 5 For ISS Cargo Run 
“Launching aboard the more powerful Atlas 5 allows us to better support NASA’s ISS cargo needs with a full load of about 3,500 kg of pressurized cargo, consisting of essential supplies, equipment and science experiments,” says Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK’s space systems division.
Rosetta Getting Rare Glimpse Of Comet Activity Close To Sun 
Europe’s Rosetta comet chaser is about to enter what may be the mission’s most exciting science phase yet as Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko spins closer to the Sun than it has since 2009.
ESA Signs Ariane 6, Vega Contracts 
The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed contracts for the development of the new Ariane 6 heavy lift vehicle, a new Ariane 6 launch facility and development of an upgrade to the Italian-led Vega light launcher.
Rosetta Probe Set To Study Comet 67P As It Closes In On Sun 
At perihelion, the ESA mission will be able to glimpse the effect of that approach on the comet’s surface.
European Juice Mission To Look for Clues From Jupiter’s Icy Moons 
ESA’s Juice spacecraft will complement NASA’s Jupiter exploration, and look at whether its type of moons can harbor habitable environments.
Multiple Military Operations, Rafale Exports Strain French Air Force  18
A sudden surge in demand for the combat jet has the French air force struggling to provide training and technical support to export customers while meeting overseas commitments
France Trials A400M Troop Airdrop, Works Toward Lateral-Door Jumps 
Ninety-one parachutists were aboard MSN19 – delivered to France in June – for the first deployment of military personnel from the aircraft’s rear ramp.
Multiple Military Operations, Rafale Exports Strain French Air Force 
The service is feeling the strain of supporting a €5.2 billion ($5.7 billion) deal with Egypt, announced in February, for 24 Rafale combat jets.
Dassault Aviation Delivers First Rafales To Egypt 
Egypt accepted the first three of 24 Rafale combat jets from Dassault Aviation July 20 during a handover ceremony at the company’s Istres flight-test facility in France.
Ariane 5 Launches European Weather Satellite, Brazilian Comsat 
Europe’s Arianespace launch consortium successfully lifted two geostationary satellites to orbit July 15.

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