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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France Accepts Sixth A400M; Germany To Get First 

PARIS – France accepted its sixth Airbus A400M military transport aircraft on Dec. 12, French defense procurement agency DGA says.

DGA said the tactical airlifter is expected to arrive soon at air base Orleans, and is to be handed over in the same basic configuration as the three preceding A400M units delivered last summer.

France To Lead Ariane 6 Launch Pad Development 

PARIS – French space agency CNES, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the new Airbus Safran Launchers signed an agreement Dec. 18 giving CNES the lead in designing and building a new launch pad for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket.

Boeing Ships Second Global Xpress Satellite To Baikonur 

Inmarsat’s second Global Xpress (GX) satellite – Inmarsat-5 F2 – has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for launch atop a commercial Proton M/Breeze M rocket in early in 2015, the London-based fleet operator said Dec. 18.

The Boeing-built satellite left the company’s El Segundo, California, manufacturing facility Dec. 16 and was flown from Los Angeles to Kazakhstan in an Antonov AN-124.

France Accepts Sixth A400M; Germany To Get First 
France accepted its sixth Airbus A400M military transport aircraft on Dec. 12, French defense procurement agency DGA says.
SpaceX Slips ISS Cargo Run To Early January 
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has postponed a Dec. 19 Dragon cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to Jan. 6 after a recent static fire test of the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle was cut short.
France To Lead Ariane 6 Launch Pad Development 
French space agency CNES, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the new Airbus Safran Launchers signed an agreement Dec. 18 giving CNES the lead in designing and building a new launch pad for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket.
Boeing Ships Second Global Xpress Satellite To Baikonur 
Inmarsat’s second Global Xpress (GX) satellite – Inmarsat-5 F2 – has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for launch atop a commercial Proton M/Breeze M rocket in early in 2015.
U.K. SAR Fleet To Gain High-Speed Broadband 
Iridium, Thales offer broadband connectivity to Bristow Helicopters, mitigating problems caused by interference from rotors.
France Begins Replacing Tankers 2
France is slowly replacing its aging Boeing KC-135Rs with Airbus A330 multirole tanker-transports, though defense budget constraints are hindering the transition.
With Ariane 6, Europe Charts New Course To Keep Launch Industry Competitive 
After years of debate, ESA approves plan for new family of Ariane 6 rockets to keep Europe competitive in launch market.
Google, France Partner On Balloon-Powered Internet 2
Dubbed Project Loon, the fleet of balloons would be carried by winds some 18 to 20 km above the Earth – higher than commercial airlines and weather – and powered by solar panels.
Google, France Partner On Balloon-Powered Internet 
French space agency CNES will join Google in the online-search giant’s ambitious project to launch a fleet of stratospheric balloons to provide Internet access to rural and underserved parts of the globe.
France To Develop Airborne Hyperspectral Imager 
France has advanced efforts to develop the Sysiphe airborne hyperspectral imager, marking the start of a new phase of the project that will evaluate the high spatial and spectral resolution imaging technology in operational conditions.
 
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