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 Lifts Off For ISS Cargo Run 
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Dec. 5 to send a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station.
Boeing Starliner Poised For Dress Rehearsal 
Boeing’s first space-bound CST-100 Starliner capsule has been hoisted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for a practice launch countdown ahead of its planned Dec. 19 trial run to the ISS.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Grounded By High Winds 
SpaceX called off a planned cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA on Dec. 4.
The Four-Way Race to Send the U.S. Air Force to Space
Aviation Week discuss how a government watchdog has changed the military’s effort to choose two launch providers from a field of Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.
SpaceX Starship Mockup Lost During Testing 
A prototype upper-stage for SpaceX’s Mars-class Starship launch vehicle was destroyed during a maximum pressurization test Nov. 20 at the company’s Boca Chica Beach, Texas, complex.
NASA Adds Vendors For Lunar Payload Delivery 
NASA has cleared five more companies to bid for upcoming lunar payload flight service contracts, including SpaceX, which is offering its Mars-class reusable Starship vehicle.
Soyuz Launch Abort Traced To Damaged Sensor 
Mechanical damage to a sensor allowed pressurizing gas to activate and separate the stages of a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle in October 2018, resulting in the first Soyuz launch abort in 35 years.
Startup Firefly Aerospace Eyes Aerojet’s AR1 Engine 
Despite losing out to Blue Origin to provide engines for ULA’s Vulcan rocket, Aerojet sees a future for the AR1.
Voyager 2 Goes Interstellar  5
NASA’s intrepid, 42-year-old planetary probe joins its twin beyond the heliopause.
SpaceX Tests Repaired Crew Dragon Launch Abort System 
A series of successful static fire engine tests of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft has cleared the company for an inflight abort test.
Tests Pave Way For Restart Of U.S. Human Orbital Spaceflight  4
Despite cultural and funding differences, SpaceX and Boeing are neck-in-neck in development of commercial space taxis for NASA.
Fast Five With Astroscale Founder Nobu Okada 
Entrepreneur eyes an AAA-type service in space.
SpaceX Sends 60 More Starlink Satellites To Orbit 
The Falcon 9 launch—the company’s first since August and 11th for the year—was the fourth flight for the rocket being used and demonstrated the first reuse of a payload fairing.
Starliner Parachute Problem Traced To Misconfigured Rigging 
Boeing quickly homed in on the cause of the failure: a misconfigured rigging line between the main parachute and the pilot chute that pulls it out.
OneWeb Delays Next Launch To January 
OneWeb says it is delaying launch of its next batch of 30-plus spacecraft from December to January to allow time for additional testing.
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