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.

Falcon Heavy Certified For U.S. Air Force Flights 
SpaceX has won its first U.S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) heavy-lift launch service contract, work previously awarded solely to United Launch Alliance.
Japan’s Hayabusa2 Closing In On Asteroid 
Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is on track for a June 27 rendezvous with Ryugu, a half-mile-wide, carbon-rich asteroid that is a potentially hazardous NEO.
Satellite Industry Continues Upward Climb 
Global annual revenue for the satellite industry reached $269 billion in 2017 and launch cost fell on average 40% per pound to orbit.
Trump Calls For Separate Military Space Force  3
President Donald Trump on June 18 directed the Pentagon to establish a “Space Force” as a sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces.
NASA’s Grand Commercial Space Taxi Experiment Heads Into Home Stretch  2
With Russian rides to space station ending, pressure builds on Boeing and SpaceX to finish and fly their vehicles without shortcutting safety.
Mars Rover Silenced By Massive Dust Storm 
NASA has lost contact with its long-lived Mars rover Opportunity as a near-global dust storm encircles the planet.
Launch Prices Down 40%, Report Finds 
Launch costs last year dropped 40% per pound to orbit compared to 2016, the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) said June 13.
NASA’s Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Diverse Organic Molecules On Mars  4
Forty-two years after Viking landers looked for organics, Curiosity found them, setting the stage for a focused search for signs of life.
Curiosity Finds Fluctuating Levels Of Atmospheric Methane On Mars 
Scientists still stumped by cause of gas release and why it vanishes exponentially faster than models predict.
Curiosity Mars Rover Finds Evidence Of Diverse Organic Molecules 
Forty-two years after NASA’s twin Viking landers looked for organics on Mars, the Curiosity rover has found them, setting the stage for a focused search for signs of life.
Moon, Mars Habitats Not Only Option For Settling Space  2
For Blue Origin, the first step is to cut launch costs with reusable rockets and capsules.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Makes Midnight Run For SES  1
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early June 4 to deliver a powerful new communications satellite into orbit for Luxembourg-based SES.
SES Big Bird Set For Liftoff 
“This is basically two satellites in one,” said SES Chief Technology Officer Martin Halliwell.
Rocket Lab Eyes June 23 For Electron Commercial Debut 
Rocket Lab has rescheduled the first commercial mission of its Electron small satellite launcher during a two-week window that opens June 23.
Trump Signs Directive To Bolster U.S. Commercial Space 
President Donald Trump on May 24 signed a space policy directive overhauling regulatory requirements for U.S. commercial space launches, remote sensing spacecraft and other ventures in Earth orbit and beyond.
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