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 Scales Back Workforce 10% 
With Falcon 9 finished, SpaceX looks to broadband satellite and Mars ship development with a leaner workforce.
SpaceX To Cut 10% Of Workforce  2
“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company," the company says.
Orbcomm Investigating Cause of Satellite Breakup 
Thirty-four new pieces of debris were recently added to the growing junk heap in Earth orbit.
SpaceX Ups Ante With First Human Spaceflight in 2019 
After closing out 2018 with a company record 21 launches, SpaceX aims to keep the pace, begin flying astronauts and test a prototype Mars spaceship
NASA, SpaceX Continue Crew Dragon Flight Demo Plans 
Launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, originally targeted for its debut flight test on Jan. 17, should take place in early February.
Maxar’s WorldView-4 Satellite Fails 
A failed gyroscope has shut down operations of Maxar Technologies’ Earth-imaging WorldView-4 satellite after two years in orbit.
Russia Caps 2018 With Vostochny Commercial Debut 
A Russian Soyuz-2 rocket lifted off from here in the Russian Far East on Dec. 27, marking the country’s 17th launch of the year.
Russian Soyuz-2 Poised For Launch At Vostochny 
A Russian Soyuz-2 rocket, outfitted with a Fregat upper stage, was being prepared for launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East on Dec. 27.
GPS III Launch On Hold Pending Falcon Sensor Resolution 
SpaceX passed on its backup opportunity on Dec. 19 to launch the U.S. Force’s first GPS III satellite while it continued assessing a sensor issue that aborted an initial launch attempt on Dec. 18.
Fifty Years After Apollo, U.S. Laying Groundwork For Lunar Reboot  1
Earthrise image, Bible reading transcended objectives of first human flight into deep space.
One Billion Miles Past Pluto, Ultima Thule Beckons 
Three years after a stunning, wondrous peek at Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons is poised for next encounter.
Satellite Industry Transition Picks Up Speed In 2018 
Orders for large geostationary communication satellites fall, but small birds flock to LEO and beyond.
Trump Orders Pentagon To Establish Spacecom 
President Donald Trump issued a directive Dec. 18 to establish a U.S. Space Command (Spacecom) as a unified combatant command.
Falcon 9 Glitch Scrubs First GPS III Launch 
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket poised to deliver the first satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III network remained on the ground Dec. 18 after an automated abort.
China And The U.S. Dominate Global Space Launch Market 
Though China surpassed the U.S. launch rate in 2018, private U.S. “new space” companies are ramping up activity.
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