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Tracking Santa Claus and the Christmas Elves!

It is that time of the year again! Santa Claus is all set to travel around the world with gifts 🙂 For centuries, the exact location of Santa Claus on the Christmas eve has remained a mystery but since 1955, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) and its successor the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has helped kids around the world, track the location of Santa using their advanced technology.

Intriguing isn’t it? Head over to the “official” website to track Santa this Christmas 🙂 The application is also available for Android, iOS and Windows phones!

Here is the NORAD’s complete “technical data” on Santa’s sleigh 😉


Designer & Builder K. Kringle & Elves, Inc.
Probable First Flight Dec. 24, 343 A.D.
Home Base North Pole
Length 75 cc (candy canes) / 150 lp (lollipops)
Width 40 cc / 80 lp
Height 55 cc / 110 lp
Note: Length, width and height are without reindeer
Weight at takeoff 75,000 gd (gumdrops)
Passenger weight at takeoff Santa Claus 260 pounds
Weight of gifts at takeoff 60,000 tons
Weight at landing 80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation)
Passenger weight at landing 1,260 pounds
Propulsion Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)
Armament Antlers (purely defensive)
Fuel Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer)
Emissions Classified
Climbing speed One “T” (Twinkle of an eye)
Max speed Faster than starlight

Regardless of whether you like to believe in the story behind Santa or not, this is one cool “application” for a Defense RADAR 😉 Have a Geoawesome Christmas!

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Also ArcGIS online gets a major improvement with a new tool called Web AppBuilder. The tool lets you interactively create and design GIS apps without writing a single line of code. Any apps you build with Web AppBuilder can run on any device.

ArcGIS online

Learn more about new ArcGIS here.

source: ESRI

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