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Jacksonville Aviation Authority holds spaceport summit
Jacksonville Business Journal
Sarah Mueller, Reporter
Monday, March 26, 2012
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority hosted its first spaceport summit Monday, attracting representatives from aerospace companies, elected officials and local universities.
About 140 people attended the event, which covered topics including the future of space travel, workforce needs, incentives for companies to locate in Jacksonville and a tour of Cecil Commerce Center and Cecil Airport. Companies at the summit included XCOR Aerospace, The Rocketplane and Masten Space Systems Masten Space Systems.
"If we don’t start now, it will never happen,” said Ed Mango, commercial crew manager of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Speakers featured Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll; Juan Merkt, aerospace chairman at Jacksonville University and Jerry Mallot, president of JaxUSA Partnership.