Irene Klotz

Senior Space Editor

Cape Canaveral, FL


Irene Klotz is Senior 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.


Orion Flies By Moon, Heading To Distant Retrograde Orbit

By Irene Klotz Nov 21, 2022
Five days into the Artemis I flight test, the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft soared past the Moon, successfully conducting a 2-min. 30-sec. firing of its shuttle-era maneuvering engine on Nov. 21 to set up a slingshot maneuver into deeper space.

Next Chapter In U.S. Space Program Opens With Launch Of Artemis I

By Irene Klotz Nov 18, 2022
NASA’s first SLS rocket had a long, adventurous life as ground-test hardware.

SLS Performance Right On Target, Says Boeing’s Shannon

By Irene Klotz Nov 17, 2022
The Space Launch System (SLS) met all performance expectations during its debut flight, which sent an uncrewed Orion capsule on its way to a distant lunar orbit.