The question I would ask is:
- When it comes to launches by country, should Rocket Lab count as US or as New Zealand?
This is of course me raising this question yet again in the hope that TMRO will reclassify Rocket Lab launches as New Zealand now that Ben has lost his US vs China bet. I appreciate reason given - that Rocket Lab is a US based company - and I see that you have some support for that around the web. The Wikipedia 2018 in Spaceflight page classifies them as you do, but elsewhere I see a different story. Gunter’s Space Page lists Rocket Lab launches as New Zealand, and the country breakdown for the Space Launch Report does the same - looking here at the table of “Launch Total by Country of First or Core Stage Manufacture” about a third of the way down the page.
Having the man himself on the show seems like a good way of settling the question once and for all, or least of shutting up annoying people like me.
Oh and Ben - are you doing the US/China launches bet again this year? Hope you win it if so.