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 Space.com

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.

Articles
NASA Looks To Buy Commercial After TDRS 
The last of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) is poised for liftoff on Aug. 18, as the agency looks ahead to transitioning responsibility for its space communications network to commercial systems in the mid 2020s.
Minotaur Rocket Prepped For Cape Canaveral Debut  3
Orbital ATK’s medium-lift booster to put space surveillance satellite into orbit for U.S. Air Force.
New NASA Camera Getting Test Run During Eclipse 
“We want to understand how to predict and monitor solar eruptions that affect us on Earth,” said astronomer Jay Pasachoff with Williams College in Massachusetts.
Goddard To Test Big Science On Small Bird 
A Goddard-built cubesat is intended to test if a center with expertise in building large, expensive spacecraft can accomplish some big science in a small package.
Cubesats Are Making Inroads Into NASA Science Missions  3
Low-cost satellite constellations provide alternative systems for gathering key weather and other data.
Rocket Lab Plans To Start Commercial Flights Early 
The second Electron rocket is due to roll out to its launch pad in about eight weeks, company founder Peter Beck says. “If test flight two is good and we feel we don’t have a lot more to learn, then we’ll jump into commercial operations on flight three, for sure."
NGA Chief Floats Plan To Swap Imagery For Algorithms 
The technologies that the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency needs to continue fulfilling its missions will require it to forge unprecedented business ties to a commercial data-collection and analysis industry that has no interest or desire in working behind classified doors.
Israel Ups Stake In Electric Propulsion With New Bird 
The Israel Space Agency and prime contractor Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) dealt themselves a place in the emerging electric propulsion technology sector.
ISS Mouse Study Spotlights Microgravity Menace  2
Mice reared in a centrifuge aboard the International Space Station returned to Earth with far more bone mass and 10% bigger muscles than mice that were not exposed to artificial gravity, a study shows.
JWST Facing Launchpad Logjam For Ariane 5 Flight 
After years of delays and mushrooming development costs, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope faces another potential hurdle to an October 2018 launch.
SpaceX Tweaking Dragon 2 Design And Mars Plans  95
SpaceX is shelving plans for upcoming Dragon 2 crew and cargo retrorocket returns to Earth due to the difficulty of meeting certification requirements
Antenna Replacement Ordered For Damaged TDRS Satellite 
A communications antenna on a NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite that had been slated to launch next month will need to be replaced after a processing accident at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida.
ISS Photography Spun Off Into Weather Forecasting Business 
A team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers is parlaying high-resolution imagery of hurricanes and typhoons taken by International Space Station crewmembers into a new business venture to improve storm forecasting worldwide.
SpaceX Picks Up Its Launches To Set Record Pace  3
After an accident in September 2016, SpaceX is on pace to launch a record number of missions halfway before the year is through.
SpaceX Falcon Rockets Now In Charge Of Own Range Safety  7
Musk’s company worked with the U.S. government to develop the Autonomous Flight Safety System that will prompt the launch vehicle to destruct if it flies off course.
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