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.


Scientists Set Priorities For Next Decade Of Planetary Exploration

By Irene Klotz May 13, 2022
After Mars Sample Return, scientists want a flagship mission to Uranus.

Boeing Starliner Space Taxi Poised For Uncrewed Flight Test, Take 3

By Irene Klotz May 13, 2022
After 29 months, Boeing will again attempt to fly its commercial space taxi to the space station.
Commercial Space

Milky Way’s Black Hole Brought To Light

By Irene Klotz May 12, 2022
An international team of astronomers has directly imaged for the first time the telltale ring of gas surrounding the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, some 27,000 light years from Earth.