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.

Airbus Safran Launchers Gets Green Light For Arianespace Deal 
The European Commission decision allows the new company to finalize development of the Ariane 5 successor while overhauling Europe’s space industry.
Airbus Safran Launchers Gets Green Light For Arianespace Deal  2
The European Commission decision allows the new company to finalize development of the Ariane 5 successor while overhauling Europe’s space industry.
Dearth Of Dedicated Smallsat Launchers Challenges Fledgling Industry  12
The U.S. is trying to keep smallsat, cubesat and nanosat operators viable as they wait for domestic launch-service providers to field dedicated rides to space.
Dassault To Update 55 Mirage 2000Ds For France  1
French defense procurement agency DGA has selected Dassault Aviation to renovate 55 Mirage 2000D combat jets in service with the French air force.
France Orders Laser-Guided Rockets for Tiger Helo 
TDA Armaments SAS, a subsidiary of Thales, will develop and produce the new 68mm induction laser-guided rocket.
Orion’s European Service Module Delivery Delayed 
Following a critical design review in June that found several components need additional work, the program is tentatively targeting an April delivery of the ESM to NASA.
Airbus Works Through A400M Woes 
Interim fix for A400M gearbox issues are in sight.
Airbus, Safran To Finalize Launcher Joint Venture 
Airbus Group and Safran say they will conclude a merger of their space business units June 30 under the new Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) joint venture.
Prime Contractors In France Aid Equipment Suppliers 
With production of several large programs ramping up this year, the challenge for French aerospace companies will be to maintain quality and schedule.
The U.K.’s New Emphasis On The Space Sector 
A new report from the British Parliament calls on the government to view the recent return of astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station as an opportunity to support the U.K.’s growing space sector, not a cause for complacency.
France Sees Strong Growth In Space Exports 
Seeing prospects for growth, the French government is investing in its commercial space sector, including support for new internet constellations.
Next Steps For Europe’s Ariane 6  1
Despite regulatory setbacks, development of Europe’s new Ariane 6 heavy-lift rocket remains on track at Airbus Safran Launchers.
Galileo On Track To Deliver Navigation Services This Year  1
The May launch of Europe’s 13th and 14th Galileo spacecraft has boosted the current number of navigation satellites in orbit to 14, giving the European Commission the confidence to announce initial public services by the end of the year.
French Aerospace Primes Aiding Equipment Suppliers 
PARIS—Faced with mounting bottlenecks at the supplier level, French aerospace primes are taking both conventional and unorthodox steps to ensure that a boost in production of several major programs stays on track.
Airbus Supporting Astrobotic’s Peregrine Moon Lander Project 
Airbus Defense and Space is providing systems engineering support to Astrobotic, a Pittsburgh-based startup that is competing in the Google Lunar X Prize contest to deliver a rover to the Moon’s surface by the end of 2017.

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