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.

Articles
Safran Sees Silvercres On Test Bench This Year 
French aerospace supplier Safran is making progress on a redesign of the new Silvercrest engine in development at its Snecma motors division.
Airbus Defense And Space Launches Ariane 6 Design Review 
Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launcher in development at Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) will kick off its preliminary design review April 28.
A400M Engine Woes Could Hurt Finances, Airbus Says  1
New technical issues plaguing the A400M airlifter’s TP400-D6 engine could pose a significant financial risk to Airbus Group.
Airbus Defense And Space Launches Ariane 6 Design Review 
Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launcher in development at Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) will kick off its preliminary design review April 28.
Thales Awarded Contract For High-Altitude Tech Demo 
One day after Thales Alenia Space launched its Sentinel-1B Earth-monitoring satellite to a 700 km orbit, the Franco-Italian spacecraft manufacturer signed initial contracts to build a stratospheric platform capable of many of the same remote-sensing functions.
Thales Wins High-Altitude Tech Demo Contract 
Thales Alenia Space is leading development of Stratobus, a high-altitude platform that could perform many of the same functions of telecommunications and remote-sensing satellites, but closer to Earth.
Thales To Supply ATC Radar To Airports In Iran 
PARIS—French electronics group Thales has been selected to supply an air traffic control (ATC) radar to Iran’s Mehrabad International Airport following an international tender, the company said April 22.
Safran Sees Silvercrest On Test Bench This Year 
French aerospace supplier Safran is making progress on a redesign of the new Silvercrest engine in development at its Snecma motors division.
Safran Sees Silvercres On Test Bench This Year 
French aerospace supplier Safran is making progress on a redesign of the new Silvercrest engine in development at its Snecma motors division.
Arianespace Orbits Sentinel-1B, Microscope Atop Soyuz 
A Europeanized Soyuz delivered five small spacecraft to low Earth orbit April 25, including the Sentinel-1B radar Earth observation satellite developed for the European Commission’s Copernicus environmental monitoring and security program.
Interim Fix For A400M Propeller Gear Box Still In Works  10
GE Aviation’s Avio Aero is working near- and long-term solutions to address a balky component on the EuroProp International (EPI) TP400-D6 engine, four of which power the new Airbus A400M tactical airlifter.
Safran Sells Detection Unit To Smiths Group Of London 
Safran will sell U.S. subsidiary Morpho Detection LLC to London-based Smiths Group for $710 million.
Soyuz Issue Foils Third Launch Attempt For Sentinel-1B 
European launch consortium Arianespace has for the third time scrubbed the launch of five satellites atop a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
Egypt Proves Fertile Ground For French Military Hardware  9
Paris and Cairo recently finalized new defense cooperation accords, including a deal for development and construction of a military communications satellite.
Guiana Space Center To Launch Myriad Missions 
Russia’s Europeanized Soyuz will lift a bevy of low-orbiting satellites on its first launch of 2016 from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
 

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