World’s first commercial launch pad to open in New Zealand

The first ever commercially-run orbital launch pad is about to open for business. The pad is currently being constructed on the Kaitorete Spit — a long finger of land located along the Canterbury region of southern New Zealand. Known for its pebbly beaches, the land is home to a diverse population of rare insects, birds, reptiles, and plants, including the endangered Shrubby tororaro. There’s not much human presence; the area is extremely remote, with no shipping ports, travel hubs, or...

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