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.

Multiple Military Operations, Rafale Exports Strain French Air Force  17
A sudden surge in demand for the combat jet has the French air force struggling to provide training and technical support to export customers while meeting overseas commitments
France Trials A400M Troop Airdrop, Works Toward Lateral-Door Jumps 
Ninety-one parachutists were aboard MSN19 – delivered to France in June – for the first deployment of military personnel from the aircraft’s rear ramp.
Multiple Military Operations, Rafale Exports Strain French Air Force 
The service is feeling the strain of supporting a €5.2 billion ($5.7 billion) deal with Egypt, announced in February, for 24 Rafale combat jets.
Dassault Aviation Delivers First Rafales To Egypt 
Egypt accepted the first three of 24 Rafale combat jets from Dassault Aviation July 20 during a handover ceremony at the company’s Istres flight-test facility in France.
Ariane 5 Launches European Weather Satellite, Brazilian Comsat 
Europe’s Arianespace launch consortium successfully lifted two geostationary satellites to orbit July 15.
India Launches British Smallsats For Chinese Customer 
The $170 million agreement financed the build and launch on PSLV of three remote-sensing satellites for Beijing-based 21AT.
ESA, Eutelsat Formalize Quantum Satellite Partnership With Airbus 
Under a contract signed July 9 in Oxford at the opening of ESA’s new Harwell satellite facility, Eutelsat Quantum will be led by Airbus Defense and Space U.K. and will be based on Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.’s new small geostationary satellite platform.
Satellite Operators Hope to Sustain Three Viable Launch Options  2
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  2
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.
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