The University of Texas system has sweetened the space port proposed by SpaceX for the Brownsville area in Texas with the idea of a research partnership with the entrepreneurial space launch company according to a September 23, 2013 story in the Monitor
“The proposed program called Stargate would partner SpaceX with the University of Texas at Brownsville’s Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy, UT System Chancellor Francisco wrote in the letter dated Aug. 19. It is addressed to SpaceX CEO and chief designer Elon Musk,
“Citing the Valley’s new developing university, the letter suggests an in-person meeting to discuss Stargate. A meeting between Musk and Cigarroa has not yet been scheduled, UT System spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said in an email Monday. SpaceX said it could not respond to a request for comment for this article by press time Monday.”
SpaceX’s response, while it noted that Brownsville is the front runner for the proposed space port, was noncommittal but appreciative of the suggestion.
The University of Texas noted that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Navy Research Laboratory, and Cornell University’s Department of Space Science are also members of the Stargate research partnership.
The name “Stargate” is an obvious reference to a movie and TV franchise about a top secret government project involving the use of an alien built portal to explore other worlds.