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.

Satellite Operators Hope to Sustain Three Viable Launch Options 
With Proton and Falcon 9 sidelined and Ariane 5 booked into 2017, commercial fleet operators question how much longer the status quo can continue.
Lockheed Martin Explores Satellite Joint Venture With Riyadh 
Since announcing its first commercial satellite export sale in recent memory in May with a contract for two commercial communications satellites for fleet operator Arabsat, Lockheed Martin is now exploring the potential for a joint venture with Saudi Arabia.
OneWeb Picks Team For Internet Satellite Constellation  1
OneWeb contracts with Arianespace and Virgin Galactic for the launch of a 600-satellite Internet constellation starting in 2017.
Lockheed Explores Joint Commercial Venture With Riyadh 
The two-satellite deal with Arabsat and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology is part of Saudia Arabia’s $650 million investment in modernizing its satcom fleet.
SpaceX, Arianespace Go Head-to-Head 
A spate of Proton launch mishaps has created a de facto duopoly of Arianespace and SpaceX, two companies vying to dominate the global commercial launch market.
OneWeb Picks Arianespace, Virgin Galactic For Internet Sat Constellation 
OneWeb Ltd. has signed contracts with European launch consortium Arianespace and Virgin Galactic to deploy a constellation of more than 600 low-orbiting Internet satellites.
Satellite Startup OneWeb Selects Airbus To Manufacture Internet Constellation 
With OneWeb joint venture, Airbus gets its foot in the door with a U.S.-based satellite manufacturing operation.
Emerging From Hibernation, European Philae Lander Phones Home 1
ESA’s historic Rosetta mission is poised to enter its most exciting science phase yet.
Meet Adeline, A Partially Reusable Launch Vehicle Concept
Airbus Defense and Space, prime contractor for Europe's Ariane launch vehicles, has been working on an ambitious development that could make future liquid-fueled launchers partially reusable.
Avio Prepares for Fifth Vega Launch
As the Paris Air Show wraps up, Avio will be ready for a new milestone: the fifth launch of its Vega, to send a Sentinel 2 satellite into orbit on June 23.
Revised Stake in Arianespace OK’d
Airbus Safran Launchers reached an agreement with the French government and CNES to give the new Airbus-Safran joint venture 74% ownership in the European launch consortium.
Avio Prepares for Fifth Vega Launch 
As the Paris Air Show wraps up, Avio will be ready for a new milestone: the fifth launch of its Vega, to send a Sentinel 2 satellite into orbit on June 23.
Yuzhnoye Main Stage Engine Proposed to Replace Russian Powerplants
As developer and producer of the Antares core stage, Yuzhnoye is working toward a March 2016 Antares launch, which is expected to carry Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) under a $1.9 billion fixed-price agreement with NASA to haul 20,000 kg (44,000 lb.) to the orbiting outpost by the end of 2017.
French Government, Industry Agree On State-Owned Stake In Arianespace
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, though Arianespace said it expects to remain an independent company, with plans to keep its Evry, France-based headquarters, launch facilities in French Guiana and offices in Washington, Singapore and Tokyo.
U.S., France Agree To Closer Cooperation On Orbital Debris Warning
The agreement, signed by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden here June 16, aims to improve the agencies’ means and methods for orbital collision avoidance in an effort to boost the safety of satellite mission operations.
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