Articles by Joanne Wheeler

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

CPI GaN BUCs: Years of Experience, Innovation, Reliability

Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has been a leader in the radio frequency field for decades. The company is well known in the satellite industry for both excellent product reliability and technological innovation. In fact, CPI supported some of the very first satellite projects (at that time as part of Varian Associates), and has been going strong ever since.

By CPI | Mar 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.

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

Joanne Wheeler

Space Resource Mining: US Support for Commercial Exploitation

In a robust move to encourage investment and support commercial activities for the mining of space resources by US citizens and companies, President Obama signed the Space Resource Exploration and Utilization

By | March 15, 2016

Joanne Wheeler

When is an Astronaut not an Astronaut?

Tim Peake has blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS). He will be the first British astronaut to travel to the station in 20 years, after six years of training. It is not the first time that a Briton has flown into space, but other British astronauts have either benefited from private funding or […]

By | January 5, 2016

Via Satellite magazine December 2015 cover

People Watching: Tracking and Monitoring Migration

Satellite Earth observation technologies can and will play an increasingly important role inmonitoring the movement of migrants and refugees.

By | November 17, 2015

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