The only remaining ingredient for universality is some kind of memory. Dean suggests a sliding block memory, based on reactions in which glider salvos push or pull a block two squares:
To detect a block in the zero position, we shoot a glider at it:
If the glider disappears we know the block was at zero; we then rebuild the block using a head-on collision:
I prefer a delay line memory to a sliding block, for reasons of computational efficiency. The best version of this I've been able to set up involves reflecting salvos of gliders off the back of a pair of c/3 spaceships:
One could instead base a delay line on a reaction with the c/5 spaceship that turns a glider into a block, but that would require more careful synchronization.
These all haven't been put together into an explicit universal computer, but I think it should be clear that such a computer exists.
B35/S236 -- Cellular Automata -- D. Eppstein -- UCI Inf. & Comp. Sci.