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.

Ariane 5 Orbits Australian, Argentinian Comsats 
European launch consortium Arianespace lifted two communications satellites to orbit Sept. 30 atop an Ariane 5 ECA rocket,
French Lawmakers Protest Mistral Agreement With Russia 
French parliamentarians on Sept. 29 protested a government agreement with Moscow on indemnification for two naval ships initially destined for Russia but now bound for Egypt.
What Comes After The Space Station?  6
Space congress in Jerusalem turns to post-ISS world: NASA wants to send humans to Mars, but many of its partners believe returning to the Moon is a better idea.
Europeans To Detail Orbital-Servicing, Lunar-Base Concepts At IAC  1
Given the success of the five-nation ISS partnership, the new director-general of the European Space Agency is hopeful any successor to the orbiting outpost will be founded on international cooperation. To this end, he has proposed a free-flying science lab that would continue ISS micro-gravity research in low Earth orbit while advancing technologies for orbital-debris mitigation. He has also floated a so-called “Moon Village” mission on the dark side of the lunar surface, offering the potential to further research and technology development in a low-gravity environment using humans, robots, or both.
Lack Of U.S. Export Financing Impacts U.S. Space Sector  1
The closure of Ex-Im leaves only one U.S. spacecraft builder able to obtain export financing: Palo Alto-based Space Systems/Loral, whose Canadian parent company can tap financial backing from Export Development Canada, even if construction of the satellite is performed in the U.S.
Europe’s ExoMars Mission Faces Two-Month Delay 
The European Space Agency has delayed the launch of the first leg of the €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) ExoMars campaign from January to March to address a technical issue on the entry, descent and landing (EDL) demonstrator.
Aerojet Back to Square One With ULA Offer Snubbed  1
Aerojet’s offer for ULA falls on deaf ears, leaving rocket maker without a ride in EELV program.
Podcast: Shakeup in the Space Launch World
For the foreseeable future, national security space launches will keep the United Launch Alliance and enginemaker Aerojet in business. But the outlook down the road is full of change and opportunity, as Blue Origin plans to build a new launch vehicle and test facility in Florida and will team up with ULA on a new Vulcan rocket.
ULA Chief: Aerojet Rocketdyne Bid Not Seriously Considered 
“The bid from Aerojet is something that we didn’t really take seriously,” ULA Chairman Craig Cooning says.
ULA Did Not Seriously Consider Aerojet Rocketdyne Bid  8
The chairman of United Launch Alliance says the company is not seriously considering a recent proposal by Aerojet Rocketdyne to purchase the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture for a reported $2 billion in cash.
SpaceX November Mission Will Loft SES Satellite  2
Company reshuffles Falcon 9 manifest, moving a commercial satellite launch on an upgraded version of the rocket ahead of the Jason-3 ocean-monitoring mission for NASA.
Russia Launches Express AM8 Communications Satellite 
Russia successfully launched its Express AM8 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit atop a Proton M/Block DM-03 launcher Sept. 14 for fleet operator Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC).
SpaceX Signs New Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy Contracts 
In addition to the SpaceX-funded first flight and a mission for the U.S. Air Force, the Falcon Heavy is slated to launch a satellite for London-based fleet operator Inmarsat and another for ViaSat of Carlsbad, California.
Lockheed To Equip Saudi Arabian Comsat With Flexible Payload 
Saudia Arabia’s Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite will be among the most agile spacecraft in orbit when it launches in 2018.
Ariane 5 To Launch Japan’s BSAT-4a For Space Systems/Loral 
Arianespace has signed a contract with Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to launch the BSAT-4a satellite on an Ariane 5 in late 2017.

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