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Old 02-24-2021, 04:11 PM
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Things have recently changed with the staff/management at Estes.

Ellis Langford is now in charge of the 'Aerospace Division' at Estes.

Mallory Langford is President of Estes.
Chandra Serfoss is no longer with the company.
Estes has hired a bunch of engineers. Why?

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I think the Estes webpage description of their 'Aerospace' division is a good hint:

"Estes has established a new division to serve our customers in government, industry, and academia."

I would bet that is where the new engineers are going.
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Old 02-24-2021, 04:13 PM
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The new Aerospace Division is a education project I believe. So might be in the DoD STARBASE educational program.
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Old 02-24-2021, 04:14 PM
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Mallory has to be Ellis’ sister. I met his wife Kiki at NSL in Geneseo in 2018.

Chandra Serfoss is the daughter of Christine Swartz, the much loved customer support person at Estes, who passed away a few years ago. Chandra organized the Estes Tour during NARAM-60. You would be hard/pressed to meet a more delightful lady. Obviously a lot like her mother.

She was at Estes many years, so this is some very sad news.

Thanks for the info, Lee. Yes, Christine was awesome. Sorry to hear Chanfra is no longer there.

I remember in the 90's inquiring with Christine about buying some Sandhawk and Interceptor plastic parts packs. Next thing I know I had 3 sets of each shipped to me, no charge!
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Old 02-24-2021, 04:16 PM
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I think the Estes webpage description of their 'Aerospace' division is a good hint:

"Estes has established a new division to serve our customers in government, industry, and academia."

I would bet that is where the new engineers are going.

Developing specific products for non-hobby users could definitely lead to some interesting crossover stuff for us down the road - sort of the same idea as the motorsports philosophy of “win on Sunday sell on Monday”.
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Old 02-24-2021, 04:18 PM
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Mallory has to be Ellis’ sister. I met his wife Kiki at NSL in Geneseo in 2018.

Chandra Serfoss is the daughter of Christine Swartz, the much loved customer support person at Estes, who passed away a few years ago. Chandra organized the Estes Tour during NARAM-60. You would be hard/pressed to meet a more delightful lady. Obviously a lot like her mother.

She was at Estes many years, so this is some very sad news.


I thought Chandra is Mary Roberts daughter?
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Old 02-24-2021, 04:26 PM
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I watched that video right after it appeared on FB yesterday. I was surprised at all of the engineers they now have. There's a young woman who is a propulsion engineer as well. Is Mallory Ellis's wife or sister?

I'm unfamiliar with who Chandra Serfoss was.

Mallory Langford is a P.E. (Professional Engineer) with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. A recent brief biography on Mallory Langford can be found at http://www.discovere.org/content/mallory-langford-pe-0 . For those that have LinkedIn access, here is Mallory's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mallory...ord-pe-06a8b0a8 . There are some interesting articles on there that she liked regarding Engineers who work with Estes Industries. Mallory Langford's title on her resume is General Manager for Langford Industries. She also shows a like for working at Electra.Aero, which is a business started by John Langford, who is Ellis Langford's father.

Chandra Serfoss is the daughter of long-time Estes employee Mary Roberts. Both Chandra and Mary are in the following photo taken at Estes Industries in 2018 during NARAM-60 and the Estes tour. Chandra is on the far right in the photo and she had a Marketing position with Estes Industries, which is what Mary Roberts did before she became a Director for Estes Industries.

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Mallory Langford is Fritz Langford's wife.

Chandra Serfoss is Mary Roberts' daughter.
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I watched that video right after it appeared on FB yesterday. I was surprised at all of the engineers they now have. There's a young woman who is a propulsion engineer as well. Is Mallory Ellis's wife or sister?

I'm unfamiliar with who Chandra Serfoss was.

What video? Got a url?
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Thanks for the info, Lee. Yes, Christine was awesome. Sorry to hear Chanfra is no longer there.

I remember in the 90's inquiring with Christine about buying some Sandhawk and Interceptor plastic parts packs. Next thing I know I had 3 sets of each shipped to me, no charge!



Ah, I erred. As several pointed out, Chandra is Mary Robert’s daughter. Another nice lady, and mom.
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Fritz is still listed at Aurora (Boeing).


So is Bob Parks.


I think John left Boeing/Aurora.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Langford_(engineer)

We have a Starbase at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos CA and I have worked a bit with their TARC teams and have been talking to them regarding observing launches for this TARC season (which is 'challenging' with COVID-19). They can launch on the base, which is good since our local park is not allowing any group activities, so we cannot launch at our normal park.


This keeps getting more interesting.


(And Chandra mentioned leaving her job on her Facebook posts, but she did not mention Estes by name. Lots of nice hiking photos.)
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