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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 Tracks Crew Dragon Test Explosion To Faulty Valve 
Leak in Super Draco propellant pressurization system triggered explosion during test.
Propulsion Flaw Doomed SpaceX Crew Dragon Test Vehicle 
The investigation into the April 20 accident remains underway, but SpaceX has closed in on the cause of the explosion.
Bridenstine Casting Wide Net For New Human Spaceflight Leaders 
The management shakeup at NASA is intended to usher in a new way of doing business, Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Aerospace DAILY.
NASA Says No Moon Landing Without Orion And SLS  5
Repurposed, over budget Orion capsule, SLS rocket underpin Trump administration revamped Moon plan.
NASA Management Shuffle Sidelines Gerstenmaier 
Longtime NASA Associate Administrator Bill Gerstenmaier has been replaced by Deputy Associate Administrator Ken Bowersox, an ex-astronaut.
An Interview With Apollo 11’s Michael Collins  4
Post-Apollo ‘technical consolidation’ is still underway, but Mars looms as the next goal, says Apollo 11 pilot Michael Collins.
50 Years After Moon Landing, Apollo Tailwinds Dying Out  4
Global space industry never stronger, but deep-space human travel still out of reach.
Virgin Orbit Completes Key Drop Test of LauncherOne 
The final, unpowered flight test of Virgin Orbit's two-stage, liquid-fueled LauncherOne expendable rocket clears the way for a trial run to space possibly by late summer.
Sending Astronauts Back Into Deep Space Begins With Retooling ISS 
NASA issues price list and guidelines for station services in hopes of luring new businesses.
SpaceX Drops Launch Price For NASA Science Probe 
NASA has awarded SpaceX a $50 million contract to launch an X-ray observatory designed to measure polarized light from black holes, neutron stars and other high-energy astrophysical objects.
Podcast: Interview with Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins 2
Astronaut Michael Collins speaks with Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz about the meaning of his time on the Moon, his thoughts on the current space program, what he would like to see transpire 50 years from now and more.
Lunar Samples Reshaped Understanding Of Moon, Earth And Origin Of Life 
Fifty years later, solar system science still shaped by results from Apollo missions.
Bridenstine Pledges More Openness After SpaceX Mishap  5
While a SpaceX-led probe into the loss of an unoccupied Crew Dragon test capsule is still underway, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine remains confident astronauts will launch this year.
Bechtel To Build 2nd Launch Platform For SLS 
NASA has hired Bechtel National of Reston, Virginia, to design and build a second mobile launch platform for the long-delayed Space Launch System.
Pentagon Cuts Its Teeth On Falcon Heavy 
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on June 25 to deliver 24 payloads into three different orbits during a trial run for the U.S. Air Force.
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