Articles by Joanne Wheeler

Satellite imagery of Cushing oil storage tanks. Photo: DigitalGlobe.

Commodity Trading – The Satellite Advantage

Trading in commodities is one of the oldest businesses. However, new satellite technology is shaking up this centuries-old business and disrupting the traditional commodities paradigms…

By | October 9, 2017

Joanne Wheeler 
is a partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, a commercial, corporate, finance, litigation, IP and regulatory specialist for the space industry.

Commodity Trading – The Satellite Advantage

ExactEarth AIS Viewer for maritime ship monitoring. Photo: ExactEarth. An Essential Business Anyone who drives a car will feel the effect of high crude oil prices; commodities are an essential part of everyday

By | August 14, 2017

Joanne Wheeler 
is a partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, a commercial, corporate, finance, litigation, IP and regulatory specialist for the space industry.

Sensing Slavery: Using Satellite Imagery to Combat Modern Slavery

Slavery is an acute modern day issue that cannot be ignored but one that is difficult to resolve. Not only does slavery still exist but it is likely there are more slaves in 2017 than there were victims of the transatlantic slave trade between the 15th and the 19th centuries. 45.8 million people are in […]

By | July 11, 2017

Reaction Engines Skylon spaceplane. Photo: Reaction Engines.

Spaceflight in the UK: Onward and Upward

The United Kingdom must regulate on a risk-aware, yet enabling, basis — allowing low cost launch capabilities, including space planes, to be the “steam locomotive” of the 21st century.

By | July 3, 2017

Joanne Wheeler 
is a partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, a commercial, corporate, finance, litigation, IP and regulatory specialist for the space industry.

Spaceflight in the UK: Onward and Upward

“As we prepare to leave the European Union and so redefine our place in the world, we must ensure that the decisions we take now put the U.K. in a position to build a strong, resilient, well balanced economy

By | May 15, 2017

Joanne Wheeler 
is a partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, a commercial, corporate, finance, litigation, IP and regulatory specialist for the space industry.

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Satellite Industry

This column takes a look at what some of the most effective New Year’s resolutions of space administrations, regulators and governments should be in order to encourage continued growth.

By | February 27, 2017

Joanne Wheeler 
is a partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, a commercial, corporate, finance, litigation, IP and regulatory specialist for the space industry.

When What Goes Up Does Not Come Down – Dealing with Debris

There is international consensus that space activities need to be managed to minimize debris generation and the risk that debris may pose. But how do these guidelines translate into engineering practice?

By | January 9, 2017

Joanne Wheeler 
is a partner at international law firm Bird & Bird, a commercial, corporate, finance, litigation, IP and regulatory specialist for the space industry.

Satellites Supporting Health Development Challenges

On May 19 this year the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the Zika virus had been detected off the north west coast of Africa for the first time. Tests identified this as the Asian strain

By | October 11, 2016

UK Spaceport Rendition

Launching a UK Spaceport

For many years the United Kingdom has excelled in manufacturing small satellites and CubeSats. What the U.K. industry has been missing is a domestic launch capability to avoid the reliance and dependence on foreign suppliers for launching its spacecraft.

By | August 1, 2016

Joanne Wheeler

Intercepting Data: The Impact for Satellite

Lawful interception obligations have again been brought into focus after the terrorist attacks occurring in Paris on 13 November 2015 in which 130 people lost their lives. President François Hollande

By | May 17, 2016

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