SpaceX urges lawmakers to commercialize deep space exploration

Enlarge / The view of a landed Falcon 9 first stage booster in June, 2017, in Florida. (credit: SpaceX)

During the last decade, NASA has invested billions of dollars into programs with private companies to carry cargo and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. These commercial services were powered by new kinds of contracts for the agency, because they offered a "fixed price" for services and required companies to put in their own funding to develop new spacecraft and...

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