Re: This is El Reg
"Congrats all around though, space launches really are becoming just another everyday event, which is a good thing."
Umm - space launches have been pretty routine for decades. What's special about this is that it's a space launch from an outfit of upgoers that hasn't been given a leg-up by government funding (or at least, not as much as the usual suspects - I dare say they got some sort of tax funded assistance).
SpaceX and now Rocket Lab - oh yes!
Space launching is now a straightforwardly profitable business which doesn't need subsidising.
To me, that's the "wow" bit. We've got real market competition now, and that means it's really going to get cheaper, and that means - well, you know "the future" those old SF writers imagined (I'm thinking mostly 1930s-60s, mostly). Some of it's going to happen. I just hope we avoid most of the bad bits.
(Not that I think there was anything wrong with governments funding space launching in the first place: that was the only way to get the job done in the first place. But it was unlikely to end up cheap, doing it that way.)