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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.

Japan Pinpoints Cause Of H-II Pad Fire 
“There was a high possibility that the fire spread due to the static electricity generated by oxygen dripping from the engine exhaust port during the propellant filling operation,” MHI said in a statement Sept. 20.
Bigelow Aerospace Retools For NASA Lunar, Mars Bids  3
Pioneering space habitat developer cancels launch contracts for ISS, low Earth orbit passenger flights.
NASA Looking To Rein In SLS-Orion Award Fees 
Boeing and Lockheed Martin, NASA’s prime contractors for the Space Launch System and Orion capsule programs, will face tougher standards for award fees as part of ongoing talks for current and future work on the deep-space human launch system.
MHI And JAXA Investigating H-IIB Launchpad Fire 
Prime contractor looking to expand commercial launch footprint.
H-IIB Launch Canceled After Fire At Japan Pad 
A fire broke out during final preparations for launch of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket carrying a cargo ship to the International Space Station for JAXA.
Safety Panel Encouraged By NASA’s 2024 Moon Plan 
NASA’s long-standing Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) is encouraged by the agency’s early efforts to speed up a crewed lunar mission to 2024, but cautions that the NASA workforce may be stretched too thin.
Proliferation Of Smallsats Prompts Call For Rules Of The Road  3
ESA maneuvers to avoid SpaceX Starlink satellite that lowered its orbit for a reentry test.
KSC Waiting Out Slow-Moving Dorian 
Kennedy Space Center will remain closed at least through Sept. 5 as slow-moving Hurricane Dorian grazes Florida’s eastern seaboard following its deadly pass by Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands.
SpaceX Beefing Up Starlink Operations After Missing ESA Warning  2
SpaceX is investigating why its Starlink operations center failed to notice warnings of an increased risk of a collision between one of its low Earth orbiting websats and the European Space Agency Aeolus weather satellite.
Rocket Lab Aims To Relieve Launch Logjam By Reusing First Stage  1
Flight data collection underway to assess first stage non-propulsive reentry option.
SpaceX Rideshare Mission Spawned 12 Orphan Cubesats  1
SpaceX’s first dedicated small sat rideshare mission provided dozens of startups the chance to test novel cubesat systems in LEO, but nine months after launch, owners of 12 spacecraft have yet to claim ownership of their birds.
Rocket Lab To Reuse Electron First Stage  1
The company's ultimate plan is to capture returning boosters in mid-air by helicopter for refurbishment and reflight, with the goal of boosting Electron’s launch rate from monthly to weekly flights.
Airbus Invests In Satellite Startup HawkEye 360 
Six months after launching a prototype three-cubesat constellation to identify radio frequency (RF) emitter locations worldwide, startup HawkEye 360 has closed a $70 million round of financing to build and launch a commercial network and develop a line of RF analytic products.
Arianespace Eyes Dedicated Smallsat Rideshare To GEO 
With an eye on the growing smallsat market, Arianespace has unveiled the first of a planned series of dedicated small satellite rideshare missions direct to geostationary orbit.
NASA Scouting Cubesats For Artemis-2 Mission 
The agency previously selected 13 cubesats to piggyback rides on the first SLS-Orion mission, an unmanned flight known as Artemis-1 that is expected to launch in 2021.

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