Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz
Space Editor,
Aviation Week

Irene Klotz is Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International. She also worked with Discovery Communications, Discovery News and was a founding member of

Irene cut her teeth on the space beat at Florida Today newspaper, a business writer enchanted by the colorful entrepreneurs who wanted access to Air Force launch facilities and assets after commercial payloads were taken off the space shuttles following the 1986 Challenger accident. Commercial space remains the focus of her work, along with a keen interest in the search for life beyond Earth.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Irene is the 2014 recipient of the Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Award, named in honor of the late Aviation Week managing editor and Cape Canaveral senior editor who was among Irene’s earliest mentors.


SpaceX Falcon 9 Lands In Water, Keeps On Working  6
Stuck steering fins prompt booster to abort ground landing attempt.
Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space 
Voyager 2 has joined its Voyager 1 twin in interstellar space, scientists announced Dec. 10 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington.
ULA Delta IV Heavy Launch Aborted 7.5 Seconds Before Liftoff  2
The abort was the first unplanned shutdown during a terminal count of a Delta IV Heavy, which has flown 10 times since its debut in 2004.
Falcon 9 Begins Flying With Upgraded Helium Bottles 
In the course of investigating why a Falcon 9 burst into flames on the launchpad in 2016, SpaceX, NASA and the USAF agreed that future versions of the booster would include upgraded composite overwrapped pressure vessels.
Falcon 9 Delivers Dragon Into Orbit, Flubs Landing  3
SpaceX dispatched a recovery ship to try to pick up a wayward Falcon 9 booster, which successfully delivered a Dragon cargo ship into low Earth orbit on Dec. 5 before fumbling a planned landing at Cape Canaveral.
Mars2020 To Fly Itself To Ancient River Delta 
Terrain relative navigation is opening a wider window for Mars exploration.
SpaceX Falcon Rocket Delivers 64 Smallsats Into Orbit 
SpaceX marked another milestone in its quest to develop a fleet of low-maintenance, reusable boosters with a third flight of a Falcon 9 booster on Dec. 3.
Cubesats Relay Live Entry, Descent And Landing Telemetry From Mars 
A pair of briefcase-size satellites prove a “bring your own” communications relay option for deep-space missions.
NASA InSight Spacecraft Nails Mars Landing  2
Experimental cubesats relayed the probe’s entry, descent and touchdown data in near real time.
NASA InSight Spacecraft Touches Down on Mars 
NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the flat, wide expanse of Mars’ Elysium Planitia on Nov. 26, wrapping up a seven-month, 300-million-mile (480-million-km) journey.
NASA InSight On Final Approach To Mars  3
InSight is to become the first spacecraft to place a seismometer directly on the surface of another planet to detect quakes.
Reinvented Iridium Poised To Reap Its Rewards 
A $3 billion upgrade is nearing completion, positioning Iridium ahead of a bevy of competitors vying for global mobile communications business
Rocket Lab And SpaceX Ramp Up Smallsat Launch Services 
With Electron launcher and Falcon 9 ride-share, dozens of entrepreneurs poised to join community of satellite operators.
Podcast: From China to New Zealand, the Latest in Launchers
China is drawing on existing technology with a proposed new manned launch vehicle, Moon rocket and is tweaking the design to make its Long March 8 reusable. Keep listening as Aviation Week editors reveal details of the Chinese space program and commercial endeavors by Rocketlab and SpaceX.
SpaceX Cleared To Add 7,518 More Satellites To Network 
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Nov. 15 granted requests by SpaceX and Canada’s Telesat to expand planned broadband satellite networks.
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