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Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

1301 Palm Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32207

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Space is the New Frontier

A Magellan Society "Quarterly Saloon"

You are invited to attend this engaging program hosted by the Magellan Society, the Council's young professionals group.

This discussion will explore the future of space exploration at the local and global levels and what the advances in this technology means for the world at large.

Attendees may also arrive at 5:30pm for a private tour of the new Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, a state of the art facility. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center's 330,000 square feet, nine story facility opened in September 2018, featuring award-winning design, views of the St. John's River, and patient-centered services in a single location. The new facility provides a welcoming environment to showcase a carefully selected collection of art that complements the extraordinary care and full spectrum of support services available at Baptist MD Anderson.


Mark Bontrager, Vice President of Spaceport Operations for Space Florida

Mark Bontrager currently serves as the Vice President for Spaceport Operations. In this role, Mark leads the planning and development of space transportation infrastructure improvement projects of Space Florida’s spaceport holdings and the Florida Spaceport System Plan.

Mark is responsible for development and operations of Space Florida’s Spaceport assets including multiple launch complexes, launch vehicle processing facilities, and payload processing facilities.

Bontrager has more than 21 years experience with the United States Air Force and most recently served as a Colonel and Commander of the 45th Mission Support Group at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which provides critical support to military space launch operations as well as commercial, NASA and ballistic missile launches. Mark’s keen understanding of Air Force processes and space launch/payload processing operations brings a critical skill set to Space Florida.

Mark also works closely with Business Development and the Florida Department of Transportation to capture opportunities to improve and modernize Florida's existing spaceport assets and strengthen relationships with aerospace stakeholders who see Florida as the place for space.

Todd Lindner, Director of Cecil Spaceport

Todd Lindner graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Technology and 1998 with a Master’s of Science Degree in Aviation Management and Airline Administration.

From 1989 to 2004, Mr. Lindner served as a corporate pilot operating business jets and turboprop aircraft before transitioning into a position which included Aviation Management. In June of 2005, Mr. Lindner was employed by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) as the Administrator of Planning before being promoted to Senior Manager of Aviation Planning and Spaceport Development. In August of 2006, Mr. Lindner was assigned the task of establishing a Spaceport to accommodate Horizontal Launch Vehicles at Cecil Airport. In this role, he was responsible for the successful completion of the Spaceport Licensing process and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation and Air Traffic Organization. In January 2010, JAA was issued Launch Site Operators License 09-012. In March 2017, Mr. Lindner was promoted to Director, Cecil Spaceport. In this capacity, he is responsible for all interests related to Cecil Spaceport including operational activity, oversight of infrastructure development and synchronization between launch providers and FAA. Additionally, Mr. Lindner provides coordination and guidance relative to aviation and space related issues to Space Florida, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the Authority’s Board of Directors and JAA staff.

Mr. Lindner is Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. Also, he is an accredited member of Airport Council International – North America, American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation Board of Directors.

This event is open to all Council members, sponsors and their guests. Tickets are required for Magellan Society Members (Complimentary), Council Members and Sponsors ($20) and Non-Members/Guests ($25).

Note: A cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.


Who can I contact with questions?

Contact Zach at (904) 280-8162 or zach@worldaffairscounciljax.org for any questions regarding this event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have nametags ready and waiting at check-in that will act as your ticket.

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Jacksonville, FL 32207

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