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.

Japanese Billionaire Books BFR Lunar Flyby For Artists 
Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa has signed a new agreement to fly on SpaceX's BFR along with six to eight artists of his choosing, in a flight targeted for 2023.
ISS Crew Finds, Patches Leak, But Source Proves More Elusive  1
Russia is investigating how a drill hole ended up in the upper section of a Soyuz capsule that carried three crewmembers to the ISS in June.
Delta II Delivers IceSat-2, Flies Into History Books  1
Marks the 155th and final mission for the booster that helped put the U.S. back into the space business after the 1986 Challenger accident.
SpaceX Signs Passenger For BFR Flight Around Moon  5
Details of the SpaceX passenger flight will be announced on Sept. 17, CEO Elon Musk said Sept. 13.
The Rise Of New Navigation Satellites 
A look at some of the world’s up-and-coming positioning, navigation and timing constellations.
ULA Lands Commercial Customer For Atlas V 
California-based Viasat has signed a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) for an Atlas V flight.
Venerable Delta II Poised For Final Flight  1
Once the workhorse of the U.S. launch fleet, United Launch Alliance’s Delta II heads into the history books.
ULA: Recovering Engines A Better Option Than Flyback Booster  5
Rather than landing back on Earth, ULA Vulcan rockets will parachute just its engines for refurbishment and reflight.
United Launch Alliance Ramping Up For Vulcan Rocket Production  1
Borrowing best practices, technologies from heritage Atlas and Delta programs, ULA pivots to compete in new space environment.
Soyuz Leak Mystery Deepens  5
The small hole in one of the Soyuz capsules parked at the ISS has been patched, but the mystery about what caused it is deepening daily on Earth.
SLS Mobile Launcher Heads To Pad For Fit Check 
The mobile launcher that will serve as the construction base and launch platform for NASA’s heavy-lift SLS rocket and Orion deep-space capsule was transported to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39B on Aug. 31 for fit checks.
Cosmonauts Patch Small Leak In ISS Soyuz 
Two cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station patched a 2-mm-dia. hole in the upper section of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.
New NASA Panel To Vet Policy, Regulatory Issues 
A new NASA advisory committee will tackle regulatory and policy issues.
Cosmonauts Investigating Small Soyuz Leak 
Flight controllers in Houston and Moscow detected a minute pressure leak aboard the station around 7 p.m. EDT Aug. 29, NASA said in a status report on Aug. 30.
NASA Looking To Fly, Then Buy, Gateway Module  5
NASA aims to leverage commercial satellite technology and industry practices into a power and propulsion module for a lunar-orbiting gateway.
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