BROWNSVILLE, RGV – To kick off its Summer of Space, the City of Brownsville is launching a new website titled NewSpace Brownsville.

The website seeks to inspire budding entrepreneurs who wish to service the new space commercial industry and foster an improved employment environment for the community of Brownsville, the Rio Grande Valley and the U.S. space and technology sectors.

Frederick ‘Rick’ Jenet

“As the home to the SpaceX launch site and UTRGV’s STARGATE, Brownsville, Texas, is poised to be at the center of the future space industry in the United States,” the website states.

“In collaboration with Expanding Frontiers, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, and the Brownsville ISD, Brownsville has officially taken the first step in a new frontier where space and tech meet.”

The address of the NewSpace Brownsville website is More content will be added to the site in the coming days and weeks. 

The launch of the new website coincides with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday for the Expanding Frontiers (ExF) non-profit. 

ExF has been started by the City of Brownsville and Dr. Fredrick Jenet, an astrophysicist, researcher, and educator at UT-Rio Grande Valley. Jenet said ExF is “dedicated to the development of the commercial space ecosystem in Brownsville, Texas, and throughout the United States.” 

Jenet is the founder of the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy at UTRGV. His research and entrepreneurialism is creating new models of education and advancing technologies for space exploration and related fields.

“The City of Brownsville is poised to become a world leader in commercial space exploration and development,” Jenet said.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon the Pan American Building at Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.

Later that same day, Texas Southmost College and Expanding Frontiers are hosting a lecture titled  “NewSpace” in TSC’s SETB Lecture Hall. This event starts at 6 p.m. It is being sponsored by the City of Brownsville, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation and TSC.

Josh Mejia

In a recent interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation Executive Director Josh Mejia spoke about ExF.

“The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation has officially taken the first step in a new frontier where space and tech meet. Expanding Frontiers has paved an opportunity for our organization to expand on a growing new industry that has initially scratched the surface in our community through SpaceX,” Mejia said.

“The entrepreneurship, education, and industry recruitment opportunities that will come with this project will begin to add to our competitiveness and we are proud to begin our work in tandem with the City of Brownsville.”