Re: Wait, Brazil has a launch pad ?
There is more than a whiff of the cold war US-USSR space competition, except that it's now everybody against everybody else. Some are driven by prestige and science but others are driven by military considerations (e.g. military control of GPS, military classification of data), others are political (e.g. Israel and Iran have launch sites because Iran and Israel have launch sites), others are due to legal issues (e.g. China has a space station because they are barred from participating in the ISS), and, of course, there's Musk and company who are in it for the money.
It truly is the Space Age.