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.

NASA ‘Moon 2024’ Advisor Sirangelo Quits 
In a May 23 memo to employees, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said aerospace executive Mark Sirangelo left after Congress nixed plans for an agency reorganization that would have created a Moon-to-Mars Mission Directorate.
Boeing Tests Repaired Starliner Abort System 
Nearly a year after a propellant leak suspended Boeing CST-100 Starliner launch abort motor tests, the company successfully put the repaired system through a series of static firings.
Rivals Square Off Over U.S. Military Launch Business  2
U.S. Air Force is sitting pretty, with four U.S. companies vying for its space launch business beginning in 2020
Maxar Wins NASA’s Gateway Power Module Contract 
NASA has awarded a hotly competed contract to Maxar to build and fly a high-powered solar electric satellite bus that will become the base module of the agency’s planned lunar-orbiting Gateway.
NASA Pulling Plug On Spitzer Telescope 
NASA plans to decommission the Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2020 after attempts to find a university or research agency to take over operations of the bellwether infrared observatory failed.
Apollo 10’s Practice Run Paved Way For Lunar Landing  3
In mid-May 1969, only one hurdle remained before NASA would attempt to land astronauts on the Moon: a flight test.
NASA Selects 11 Companies For Lunar Lander Studies 
NASA on May 16 hired 11 companies for studies and prototypes of descent modules, orbit-transfer stages and refueling capabilities.
Jeff Bezos Aims To Sell NASA On Blue Moon Lunar Lander 
The billionaire's Blue Origin space company wants to sell human-class lunar landing services to NASA.
NASA Seeks Additional $1.6B To Speed Human Lunar Return 
Seven weeks after calling for NASA to land astronauts on the Moon in 2024, President Donald Trump announced the price tag for expediting the program: an extra $1.6 billion for fiscal 2020.
SpaceX To Send 60 Broadband Sats To LEO 
SpaceX has packed 60 Starlink satellites into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket for a trial operational run of its low Earth orbit broadband satellite network.
OneWeb Gears Up To Produce Two Satellites Per Day 
Florida factory features robots to distribute parts kits and to move spacecraft through work sites and test chambers.
Blue Origin Unveils Lunar Lander Mockup  7
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has unveiled a full-scale mockup of a lunar lander capable of soft-landing up to 6.5 metric tons on the surface of the Moon.
Podcast: Which LEO Constellations Will Survive?
Aviation Week editors discuss the events at Satellite 2019 in Washington, D.C. including which companies have the strongest leg up and which launch providers will take them to space.
SpaceX Aiming For May 15 Starlink Demo Launch 
Space plans to launch dozens of demonstration Starlink satellites as early as May 15 and follow up with at least two more flights of operational spacecraft later this year.
Debris From Indian ASAT Test Still In Orbit 
Contrary to India’s predictions, debris from the country’s intentional destruction of its Microsat-R spacecraft six weeks ago has not re-entered.
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