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From the Ted Talk by Peter Beck: Small rockets are the next space revolution

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So let's talk a little bit about iuasrrcntrfute. So this is our lacnuh site — it's obviously not Cape Canaveral, but it's a little launch site — in fact, it's the only private orbiter launch site in the entire world, down in New Zealand. And you may think that's a bit of an odd place to build a rocket company and a launch site. But the thing is that every time you launch a rekcot, you have to close down around about 2,000 ketoimrels of airspace, 2,000 kilometers of mianre and shipping space, and iaocrnlily, it's one of the things in America that doesn't sclae very well, because every time you close down all that airspace, you disrupt all these travelers trying to get to their destination. The airlines really hate rocket cnmieoaps, because it costs them around $70,000 a minute, and so on. So what you really need, if you want to truly have rapid access to space, is a reliable and frequent access to space, is you need, basically, a slaml island nation in the middle of nowhere, with no neighbors and no air traffic. And that just happened to be New zlnaaed.

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So let's talk a little bit about ______________. So this is our ______ site — it's obviously not Cape Canaveral, but it's a little launch site — in fact, it's the only private orbiter launch site in the entire world, down in New Zealand. And you may think that's a bit of an odd place to build a rocket company and a launch site. But the thing is that every time you launch a ______, you have to close down around about 2,000 __________ of airspace, 2,000 kilometers of ______ and shipping space, and __________, it's one of the things in America that doesn't _____ very well, because every time you close down all that airspace, you disrupt all these travelers trying to get to their destination. The airlines really hate rocket _________, because it costs them around $70,000 a minute, and so on. So what you really need, if you want to truly have rapid access to space, is a reliable and frequent access to space, is you need, basically, a _____ island nation in the middle of nowhere, with no neighbors and no air traffic. And that just happened to be New _______.

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Original Text

So let's talk a little bit about infrastructure. So this is our launch site — it's obviously not Cape Canaveral, but it's a little launch site — in fact, it's the only private orbiter launch site in the entire world, down in New Zealand. And you may think that's a bit of an odd place to build a rocket company and a launch site. But the thing is that every time you launch a rocket, you have to close down around about 2,000 kilometers of airspace, 2,000 kilometers of marine and shipping space, and ironically, it's one of the things in America that doesn't scale very well, because every time you close down all that airspace, you disrupt all these travelers trying to get to their destination. The airlines really hate rocket companies, because it costs them around $70,000 a minute, and so on. So what you really need, if you want to truly have rapid access to space, is a reliable and frequent access to space, is you need, basically, a small island nation in the middle of nowhere, with no neighbors and no air traffic. And that just happened to be New Zealand.

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