Dr. John Ohab is a new technology strategist at the Department of Defense Public Web Program.
Scientists, engineers, and US. government officials are working to help Santa prepare for his annual global journey.
The Federal Aviation Administration just approved his sleigh, outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen technology. The sleigh’s onboard systems will allow Santa One to maintain cruising altitude for as long as possible before making a continuous descent into cities and towns around the world. While maneuvering on rooftops, an advanced, onboard runway safety system will help reduce the risk of incursions between the sleigh and chimneys.
“Children around the world will get their gifts on time, regardless of the weather, thanks to NextGen,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We’re proud to say NextGen is bringing Santa Claus to town.”
According to the American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Elf Soen Firr, chief Santa suit engineer, confirmed that Santa’s red suit has also been weatherproofed and tested to ensure Santa will stay warm and dry in any type of weather. No further details of the suit’s material or capabilities were released. You can track Santa’s flight this Christmas Eve on NORAD’s website, Google Earth, Twitter, Facebook, and Picasa.