Irene Klotz

Senior Space Editor

Cape Canaveral, FL


Irene Klotz is Senior 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.


ULA’s Future Rests On Multipurpose Vulcan Booster

By Irene Klotz Jan 13, 2023
New booster validates do-or-die remake of the Lockheed-Boeing space launch partnership.

ABL Space Systems Fails To Reach Orbit During RS1 Debut

By Irene Klotz Jan 11, 2023
ABL did not say how soon after liftoff the rocket failed.
Commercial Space

Russia To Launch Replacement Soyuz To ISS

By Irene Klotz Jan 11, 2023
The next Soyuz spacecraft, designated MS-23, will launch uncrewed on Feb. 20.