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Amy Svitak

Amy Svitak
Paris Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy was Aviation Week's Paris bureau chief until September 2016, covering 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.

Demand for Mobile Connectivity Drives Space-based Market Play  3
Satellite fleet operators old and new see rising growth in aeronautic, maritime broadband.
Ariane 5 ECA Lifts Pair of Intelsat Spacecraft 
A European Ariane 5 ECA launcher placed two Intelsat communications satellites in geostationary transfer orbit Aug. 25, lifting a record combined total mass of 10,735 kg, the bulk of which comprised the spacecraft.
Inflight Wi-Fi Service Providers Making Gains  12
Major players in the satellite-delivered cabin connectivity sector are forecasting upbeat industry trends as they make headway in lining up contracts and installing kits.
Sat-Based Inflight Wi-fi Service Providers See Growth 
Providers of satellite-based inflight wi-fi services for airline passengers are upbeat this year.
Inflight Wi-Fi Service Providers See Revenue Gains In 2016 
Following a lull in installations owing to heavy demand on commercial passenger jets this summer, providers of inflight Wi-Fi like Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), Gogo and Panasonic Avionics are expected to renew the process in earnest this fall.
PeruSat-1 Campaign Enters Final Stage 
Airbus Defense and Space says it has shipped the PeruSat-1 satellite to Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for a Sept. 16 launch.
New Russian Angara Launcher Will Loft South Korean Satellites 
South Korea will be the first customer for the Angara 1.2, designed for small or medium-size satellites and capable of lifting up to 3,500 kg to LEO or SSO.
South Korea First Customer for Russia’s New Angara Launcher 
South Korea has selected the new Angara 1.2 rocket to lift a high-resolution radar satellite to low Earth orbit in 2020 in a deal that marks the first commercial contract for Russia’s next-generation light launcher.
Airbus Safran Launchers Gets Green Light For Arianespace Deal  2
The European Commission decision allows the new company to finalize development of the Ariane 5 successor while overhauling Europe’s space industry.
Dearth Of Dedicated Smallsat Launchers Challenges Fledgling Industry  12
The U.S. is trying to keep smallsat, cubesat and nanosat operators viable as they wait for domestic launch-service providers to field dedicated rides to space.
Dassault To Update 55 Mirage 2000Ds For France  1
French defense procurement agency DGA has selected Dassault Aviation to renovate 55 Mirage 2000D combat jets in service with the French air force.
France Orders Laser-Guided Rockets for Tiger Helo 
TDA Armaments SAS, a subsidiary of Thales, will develop and produce the new 68mm induction laser-guided rocket.
Orion’s European Service Module Delivery Delayed 
Following a critical design review in June that found several components need additional work, the program is tentatively targeting an April delivery of the ESM to NASA.
Airbus Works Through A400M Woes 
Interim fix for A400M gearbox issues are in sight.
Airbus, Safran To Finalize Launcher Joint Venture 
Airbus Group and Safran say they will conclude a merger of their space business units June 30 under the new Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) joint venture.

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