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.


Falcon 9 Lifts Off With Canada’s Radarsat Constellation 
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off June 12 with a trio of radar-bearing Earth observation satellites for the Canadian Space Agency.
NASA Unrolls Plans For Station, LEO Commercialization 
The commercialization plan includes upcoming NASA solicitations for a commercial module to be attached to the ISS and a free-flying, commercial platform that could occasionally berth at the station.
NASA Hires Three Companies To Fly Payloads To Moon 
NASA has tapped three startups to fly up to 23 science experiments and technology demonstrations to the surface of the Moon starting in July 2021.
Northrop Probes Nozzle Breakup During Omega Test 
Chunks of the nozzle blasted away from the motor, a webcast of the static engine firing in Utah showed.
Maxar Wins Five-Way Competition For NASA Gateway Module 
Company to beef up its 1300 satellite bus for lunar Artemis venture's power and propulsion module.
NASA Program Costs Still Climbing, GAO Finds 
NASA has yet to get a handle on managing costs and schedules of its major programs, congressional auditors say.
SpaceX Starlink Satellites Head To Operational Orbits 
On May 24, amateur astronomers spotted the Starlink train of satellites glistening in reflected sunlight as they circled overhead, sparking concerns about interference with ground-based astronomical observations.
NASA ‘Moon 2024’ Advisor Sirangelo Quits 
In a May 23 memo to employees, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said aerospace executive Mark Sirangelo left after Congress nixed plans for an agency reorganization that would have created a Moon-to-Mars Mission Directorate.
Boeing Tests Repaired Starliner Abort System 
Nearly a year after a propellant leak suspended Boeing CST-100 Starliner launch abort motor tests, the company successfully put the repaired system through a series of static firings.
Rivals Square Off Over U.S. Military Launch Business  5
U.S. Air Force is sitting pretty, with four U.S. companies vying for its space launch business beginning in 2020
Maxar Wins NASA’s Gateway Power Module Contract 
NASA has awarded a hotly competed contract to Maxar to build and fly a high-powered solar electric satellite bus that will become the base module of the agency’s planned lunar-orbiting Gateway.
NASA Pulling Plug On Spitzer Telescope 
NASA plans to decommission the Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2020 after attempts to find a university or research agency to take over operations of the bellwether infrared observatory failed.
Apollo 10’s Practice Run Paved Way For Lunar Landing  3
In mid-May 1969, only one hurdle remained before NASA would attempt to land astronauts on the Moon: a flight test.
NASA Selects 11 Companies For Lunar Lander Studies 
NASA on May 16 hired 11 companies for studies and prototypes of descent modules, orbit-transfer stages and refueling capabilities.
Jeff Bezos Aims To Sell NASA On Blue Moon Lunar Lander 
The billionaire's Blue Origin space company wants to sell human-class lunar landing services to NASA.
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