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.

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Program Execution, Ramp-Up Trump New-Order Talk Ahead Of Paris Air Show  2
Few fireworks are expected at Paris this year, but retrenching and refocusing of products will be highlighted in all arenas—commercial, defense, space and technology.
Proton Failure Loses Mexican Comsat, Delays Inmarsat GX Launch 
The June launch of Inmarsat’s third Global Xpress Ka-band communications satellite has been delayed, following a mishap involving Russia’s Proton M/Briz M launch vehicle.
Tech Issues Slow Retrieval Of A400M Crash Data 6
Engineers are having trouble extracting data from the flight data recorders of an A400M airlifter that crashed May 9 near Seville, Spain, killing four crewmembers.
UAE Unveils Plans For 2020 Mars Mission 
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning the first Arab trip to Mars with a robotic mission dubbed “Hope” that the government says will create mankind’s first integrated model of the Red Planet’s atmosphere.
France, Doha Sign Contract For 24 Rafales, 12 Options 
If Qatar chooses to exercise an option for 12 additional Rafales, Dassault Aviation could be on the hook to deliver nearly 100 combat jets to foreign buyers by around the end of the decade.
SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Pad Abort Test 6
The test, which culminated with splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean just offshore, marks a major milestone on the road to using the Crew Dragon for human missions to the International Space Station in 2017.
Saudi Arabia Buys Into Lockheed Martin Satellite ‘Refresh’ 
Lockheed Martin, responding to market changes, is merging its military and commercial satellite manufacturing operations while upgrading the A2100 bus.
Qatar’s Rafale Order Helps Boost French Defense Budget  3
France has garnered its third export order for the Rafale combat jet in as many months with a commitment from Qatar to purchase at least 24 of the Dassault Aviation aircraft, an agreement that eases pressure on French defense spending.
NASA Counting On Next SpaceX Cargo Run  11
SpaceX is juggling a mix of commercial and government missions at a time when its cargo-resupply services are in growing demand.
Russian Space Station Resupply Mission Remains In Jeopardy 5
New attempts to contact Russia's wayward Progress 59 cargo freighter en route to the International Space Station have so far been unsuccessful.
SpaceX Launches Turkmenistan’s First Satellite 
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launched Turkmenistan’s first satellite April 27, sending the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT telecommunications spacecraft to geostationary transfer orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket.
Ariane 5 Lifts Civil, Military Spacecraft To Orbit 
Carrying a total combined payload of 9,790 kg (21,600 lb.), the mission lifted off at 5 p.m. local time from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, marking the third launch this year for Arianespace
Gripen Tech Issues Not Affecting Capability, Saab Says 
Swedish defense manufacturer Saab says technical issues plaguing the Gripen JAS 39 fighter have not had a serious impact on the combat jet’s capability.
Hollande Says France To Reimburse Russia If Mistral Ships Not Delivered 
French President Francois Hollande says Paris will reimburse Moscow the money it has paid toward construction and delivery of two helicopter gunships if the long-delayed delivery of two Mistral-class carriers does not take place.
French A400M, FREMM Leaseback Strategy Takes Shape 
The French government will establish two state-owned companies this year to purchase and leaseback Airbus A400M airlifters and multimission FREMM frigates to the nation’s armed forces under a plan aimed at filling a gap of more than €2 billion ($2.1 billion) in the nation’s 2015 defense budget.
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May 22, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015
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Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015
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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015
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Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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