SpaceX brings possibilities to UTB

NewsCenter 23

POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 5:02pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 8:43am

With the official SpaceX announcement comes advancements in education especially at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Students at the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy at UT Brownsville could see great benefits.

Dr. Fredrick Jenet, Prof. Advanced Radio Astronomy, "It became very clear early on when SpaceX first decided to come here that there were enormous synergies between the efforts and stuff that they want to do and a particular center at the university called the Center for Advanced Radio Technology."

When SpaceX officials came to Brownsville two years ago, students took it upon themselves to introduce them to the facilities that UTB has to offer.

Louis Dartez, Student, "We showed them that, not only are we just a group of students doing science, but we are specializing in something that SpaceX essentially needs, and that's people, rather professionals in radio technologies and tracking."

Spacecraft tracking is something that could be built at Boca Chica Beach along with SpaceX. Project 'STARGATE' is a radio frequency technology facility that would give students and faculty access to study satellite tracking.

NewsCenter 23 reported on project STARGATE two years ago.

Dr. Jenet, file video from 2012, "We're building a radio frequency technology park. It's going to be a place where you take the ideas that are generated for when people are thinking about exploring space."

Much like a facility that operates in Puerto Rico.

However when we asked for an update today, he said, "Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity to say something that I've always wanted to say, I can neither confirm nor deny that."

As of now, Dr. Jenet says that he is extremely excited for the changes that are coming to the valley, but he cannot discuss what actual programs may be developed, and to 'stay tuned for what will be available.'

Dr. Jenet says that UTB and SpaceX will likely change the face of the valley and that Brownsville will now be known as a gateway to the stars.

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