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.

With Falcon 9 Launch, Cape’s Pad 40 Back In Business 
SpaceX wrapped up its 2017 East Coast launch manifest on Dec. 15 with a cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA.
Google Neural Network Finds Two Exoplanets 
A Google neural network has discovered an eighth planet circling the Sun-like star Kepler-90, located in the Draco constellation some 2,500 light years from Earth.
Blue Origin Opens Florida Factory 
Blue Origin engineers, logistics and administrative services employees began moving into a new rocket factory at Kennedy Space Center’s industrial park this week.
Blue Origin’s Crew Capsule Makes First Test Flight 
Blue Origin resumed test flights on Dec. 12, sending its first New Shepard crew module and an upgraded booster on an unmanned, 10-min. ride.
SpaceX Delays Launch Of Falcon 9 to Friday 
Launch of the mission has been retargeted for no earlier than 10:35 a.m. EST on Friday, the final day for launch before high Sun angles on the space station trigger a 10-day hiatus in vehicle dockings.
NASA Establishes National Space Council Advisory Group 
NASA has created the legal and regulatory framework for a group of aerospace industry experts to advise the U.S. National Space Council.
SpaceX Launch Complex 40 Back In Service  3
After a $50 million refurbishment, Launch Complex 40 is ready to host its first launch since the September 2016 explosion.
Trump Calls For NASA To Put Astronauts On Moon  56
President Donald Trump is calling for NASA to launch a seventh human mission to the Moon and build a foundation for a future mission to Mars.
NASA Signs New Contract For Bigelow ISS Module 
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will remain aboard the International Space Station for at least another three years under a fixed-price contract.
Launch Complex 40 Back In Service 
Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 returned to service on Dec 6 after a 14-month repair and refurbishment following an explosion on the pad.
Falcon Heavy’s Debut Flight Payload: A Tesla Roadster  28
The quirky, inventive chief executive of SpaceX wants to fly his Tesla sports car on Falcon Heavy’s debut flight in January.
SpaceX In Home Stretch of Banner Year  12
With 16 missions completed and two more on launch-range calendars for December, SpaceX could wrap up 2017 with more launches than any country.
Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years  2

CAPE CANAVERAL—On Tuesday, after a hiatus of 37 years, the quartet of thrusters at the rear of  NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired to test if they could keep the probe oriented with 10-millisecond pulses.                                                        

ESA Investing In Small Launcher, Robotic Spaceplane 
The European Space Agency will invest in a new Vega small satellite launcher and a miniature reusable robotic spaceplane.
NASA’s Sofia Airborne Observatory Goes From Rags To Riches  1
Twice faced with cancellation, the joint NASA-DLR project now has a budget surplus.
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