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.


Europe Launches Mission to Mercury 
A pair of European- and Japanese-built orbiters are headed to Mercury for a flagship science mission to learn more about the Solar System’s innermost and least-explored terrestrial planet.
A ‘Moon Village’ Is Taking Shape  1
Here is a look at some of the more than two dozen public and private organizations that have unveiled lunar exploration and development programs.
A Look At Projects Staking A Future On The Moon  3
More than 25 public and private organizations are working on lunar exploration and development programs, and NASA is now front and center among them. Here is a look at some of the projects staking a future on the Moon.
Atlas V Lifts Off With Advanced Military Comm Sat 
After a five-year hiatus, the next member of the USAF's AEHF satellite system was launched into orbit on Oct.17 aboard a ULA Atlas V.
Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-founder, Space Launch Financier, Dies At 65  5
Allen’s death from non-Hodgkin lymphoma comes as one of his most cherished projects, the Stratolaunch air-launch system carrier aircraft, nears its long-delayed first flight.
SpaceX Loses Out On U.S. Air Force Next-Gen Launcher Development 
Awards tallying nearly $2.3 billion go to ULA, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin.
Booster Problem Causes Soyuz Mission Abort, Ballistic Re-entry 8
The booster anomaly was identified shortly after liftoff on Oct. 11, triggering a ballistic re-entry of the capsule and subjecting the crew to higher-than-normal G forces.
Hayabusa2 Rovers Successfully Explore Asteroid Ryugu 
Hayabusa2 is to depart Ryugu in late 2019 and parachute samples from the asteroid down to Earth in December 2020.
As NASA Turns 60, Winds Of Change Picking Up Speed 
NASA chief Jim Bridenstine aims to bridge partisan divide with political know-how.
Lockheed, Arizona State Eye New Space Science Mission Business Model 
Visiting near-Earth objects with multiple smallsats is to serve as a pilot run for a shared mission.
No Commercial Crew Flight Tests Until 2019, NASA Confirms 
SpaceX and Boeing have officially delayed their unmanned and crewed test fights to the International Space Station (ISS).
Follow-on Mascot Rover To Join Japan's Phobos Mission 
Following a successful 17-hr. mission of the Mascot rover on the surface of asteroid Ryugu, France and Germany have agreed to send a follow-on spacecraft to Phobos, a Martian moon.
ESA Poised To Ship Orion Service Module 
The spacecraft that will provide power, propulsion and life support for the Orion capsule is slated to leave Airbus’ factory in late October.
Long-Delayed Orion Service Module To Ship Oct. 29 
The European-built power and propulsion module for NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 is scheduled to leave the Airbus Defense and Space manufacturing facility in Bremen, Germany, on Oct. 29 for Kennedy Space Center.
SpaceX Backs Off 2018 Crew Dragon Flight Commitment 
“We’re working hard to get this done this year," a SpaceX official says. "At this time the Falcon might be ready, but we might still have some paperwork on the certification side."
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