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)|
|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!
ArcGIS 10.3 is out
The new release of ArcGIS 10.3 is out. ESRI says “it is a major release that will help you discover, make, use, and share maps from any device, anywhere, at any time”. From the version ArcGIS 10.2 we no longer have 3 types of ArcMap licences: ArcInfo, ArcEditor and ArcView. There is ArcGIS Pro. And this time the upgrade is a major redesign. The user interface has been totally renewed. It looks similarly to Office 2013 and looks really good. But also the system architecture has been significantly improved. ArcGIS Pro is 64-bit, multi-threaded software which is supposed to process data faster than ever before. It also features a new a new display engine to render map without problems.
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.
Learn more about new ArcGIS here.