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.


Lockheed Spinoff To Operate Lunar Comms, Navigation Service

By Irene Klotz Mar 28, 2023
Lockheed Martin is self-funding an offshoot to provide communications, navigation and other services for government and commercial lunar customers.

OneWeb Completes World’s First LEO Broadband Megaconstellation

By Irene Klotz Mar 27, 2023
Once deployed, the satellites will boost the OneWeb Gen-1 constellation well past the 588 spacecraft needed for global coverage.
Commercial Space

New Shepard Felled By Thermo-Structural Issue

By Irene Klotz Mar 24, 2023
A Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital booster failed during an uncrewed Sept. 12 launch due to structural fatigue on the engine nozzle.
Commercial Space