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.

SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Pad Abort Test
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  10
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.
Podcast: India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Surprise
India hit the reset button on stalled contract talks with Dassault, opting for a government-to-government sale of 36 Rafale fighters. Our editors discuss what the deal means for India, Dassault and future combat aircraft competitions.
India’s Rafale Orders Alleviate French Budget Pressure For Now 
India’s order of 36 Rafale combat jets from the French government is expected to ease spending pressure on France’s military.
Airbus Sees Vast Market Potential For Defense Cooperation With New Delhi
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s April visit to Airbus’s French facilities, the company said it is prepared to boost co-production of civil and military equipment in India.
India May Scrap Order For 126 Dassault Combat Jets 
Less than two days after India agreed to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition, India’s defense minister signals plan to abandon larger deal.
Arianespace Delays Launch Of Sicral 2, Thor 7 
European launch consortium Arianespace has delayed a planned April 15 launch of Norway’s Thor 7 commercial communications satellite and the Franco-Italian Sicral 2 military comsat on an Ariane 5 rocket, due to a fluid-line problem on the vehicle’s upper stage.
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