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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.

SpaceX Sends 60 More Starlink Satellites To Orbit 
The Falcon 9 launch—the company’s first since August and 11th for the year—was the fourth flight for the rocket being used and demonstrated the first reuse of a payload fairing.
Starliner Parachute Problem Traced To Misconfigured Rigging 
Boeing quickly homed in on the cause of the failure: a misconfigured rigging line between the main parachute and the pilot chute that pulls it out.
OneWeb Delays Next Launch To January 
OneWeb says it is delaying launch of its next batch of 30-plus spacecraft from December to January to allow time for additional testing.
UAE Is Building A Space Portfolio Without Reinventing The Wheel  1
Partnerships with countries, companies are the foundation for growing UAE space program.
Boeing Bid Builds On SLS For ’24 Lunar Landing 
Boeing is proposing a human lunar lander that can be launched as a single payload into lunar orbit, rather than making an assembly stop at NASA's proposed Gateway.
Virgin Galactic Aims To Fly 1,500 Space Tourists A Year By 2023 
Virgin Galactic sees service starting next year and a fleet of five spaceships within five years. Meanwhile, investors and future customers continue to line up.
Boeing’s Starliner Crew Capsule Tests Abort Engines  2
A live webcast of the pad abort test showed the capsule’s airbag-assisted touchdown apparently unaffected by the failure of one of three main parachutes to deploy.
Blue Origin Tips Its Hand On NASA Lunar Lander Bid  6
Heritage aerospace primes Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman agree to work under startup Blue Origin in quest to get NASA to the Moon in 2024.
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USAF X-37B Touches Down After 780 Days In Orbit 
A secretive, experimental spacecraft operated by the U.S. Air Force landed early on Oct. 27 after completing a record, 780-day journey in orbit.
NASA, Boeing Set Dec. 17 For Starliner Debut Flight 
The CST-100 Starliner's trial run to the International Space Station will set the stage for a crewed flight test as early as March 2020.
Virgin Galactic Threads Comfort, Couture For SpaceShipTwo Flight Suits 
NASA shows off Orion crew survival suit, prototype for lunar spacewalks.
Arianespace Plans Ariane 6 Rideshare Mission To Moon 
Arianespace is offering a rideshare mission to the Moon in 2023 aboard its new Ariane 6 rocket, Stephane Israel, CEO of the European launch service company, announced Oct 22.
Air Force C-12 Testing SpaceX Starlink Service 
A USAF C-12 aircraft is testing high-speed connectivity with SpaceX’s Starlink sat network, with additional inflight demos aboard a C-130 and other aircraft on tap, SpaceX says.
Lockheed, Northrop Join Blue Origin’s Lunar Bid 
Startup Blue Origin’s bid to build NASA’s human lunar lander system will include industry behemoths Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, as well as Draper Laboratory.
Rocket Lab Shoots For The Moon 
“In the same way we opened access to low Earth orbit for smallsats, Rocket Lab is poised to become the dedicated ride to the Moon and beyond for small satellites,” founder and CEO Peter Beck says

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