Despite conflicts across the world, Santa is on track to deliver gifts and happiness to millions of girls and boys all across the world.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, located at Peterson Airforce Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado tracks Santa’s progress, which is no easy task. More than 1,250 Canadian and American uniformed personnel and DOD civilians volunteer their time on December 24th to answer the thousands of phone calls and emails that flood in from around the world.
In addition to the support provided by our corporate contributors to make this program possible, NORAD has two lead project officers who manage the program that begins with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System powerful radar system with 47 installations strung across Canada’s North and Alaska.
NORAD checks the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve. The moment Santa lifts off the satellites, located 22, 300 miles above the Earth, began tracking his progress.
The satellite track heat adnd Rudolph’s nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites detect Rudolph’s bright red nose with no problem.
The other tool NORAD uses are the SantaCams, ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many places around the world. NORAD only uses these cameras once a year – on 24 December.
Helping Santa traverse North America airspace, NORAD jet fighter and Canadian NORAD fighter pilots, flying the CF-18, take off out of Newfoundland and welcome Santa, the escorts catching up with him along his flight.
American NORAD fighter pilots in F-15s, F16s or F-22s get the thrill of flying with Santa and the famous Reindeer – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. Even though Santa flies faster than any jet fighter (Santa actually slows down for his escorts), all of these systems together provide NORAD with a very good continuous picture of his whereabouts that we can share with you.
All those people helping Santa to make those deliveries, and create the magic that is Christmas.
You can follow Santa’s progress here at Communities Digital News where we will start a live chat to discuss his progress beginning at 7:00pm EST, Christmas Eve. And expect a special guest – Santa’s Top Elf Alabaster Snowball
Alabaster is quite a character. Although all elves are highly intelligent, he’s the only elf at the North Pole with two university degrees. From Cambridge that is. Friendly and good hearted, he is entrusted with one of the most important jobs. He is the Administrator of the “Naughty or Nice List”, so you definitely want to be on his side.
He has developed an elaborate computer system that updates each child’s Naughty or Nice rating five times a minute, all year around.
Thanks to Alabaster, Santa has the latest updates on everyone and can adjust the toy production and deliveries right to the last minute.