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.

Articles
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.
India Rethinking Rafale Fighter Deal 2
India is rethinking its long-delayed 126-aircraft Medium-Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal, and may opt to scrap the fighter purchase in favor of government-to-government sales.
NASA Solar Mission To Fly On SES Satellite In 2017 
Known as Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD), the heliophysics payload will fly aboard the SES-14 spacecraft under a five-year contract with the University of Colorado.
Airbus To Increase Co-Production With India 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited France’s aerospace center in Toulouse on April 11, where Airbus Group said it is ready to increase co-production in the south Asian nation as part of New Delhi’s “Make in India” program.
Airbus To Increase Civil, Military Co-Production With India
Airbus Group said it is ready to increase co-production in the south Asian nation as part of New Delhi's “Make in India” program.
Launch of Europe’s Solar Orbiter Mission Slips To Late 2018 
“Taking in the overall picture, it looked like it was a much riskier decision not to move to the October 2018 launch date," a program official says.
India Nears Deal For 36 Dassault Rafale Fighters 4
India plans to purchase 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition “as quickly as possible,” though both the Indian and French governments said further negotiations are still underway.
After Recovering From Disorienting Flyby, Rosetta Moves Closer to Comet 
Additional instruments will be switched on in the coming week, but the agency says close flybys of the comet scheduled through the end of April will have to be reworked, in order to avoid a similar loss of navigational control.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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