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Old 12-03-2008, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NORAD Santa tracker up and running
By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

Updated: 12/03/2008 03:07:23 PM MST


On Dec. 24, the Colorado Springs-based North American Aerospace Defense Command will track Santa and his nine reindeer for the 50th consecutive year.

NORAD already is gearing up for the golden anniversary by activating its NORAD Tracks Santa website at Index Page, which last year drew 10.6 million unique visitors from 212 countries.

The website was activated two days ago.

Last weekend, NORAD, Santa and the reindeer conducted a test in which Santa and his team flew from the North Pole to Pueblo, according to NORAD officials.

"The test flight included Santa's journey into Pueblo and confirmed NORAD's ability to track the jolly old elf and his team of reindeer using a variety

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of land and space assets," Maj. Stacia Reddish, manager of NORAD Tracks Santa program, said in a statement.
"The test was a phenomenal success," said Reddish.

According to NORAD, the reason that Santa flew to Pueblo was the Pueblo Holiday Lighting Extravaganza.

Reddish said that space-surveillance personnel of the 13th and 213th Space Warning Squadrons using the "PAVE PAWS" radar system at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, confirmed that Santa took off from the North Pole at 5 p.m. Nov. 28.

Radar indicated Santa "zipped over Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; North Bay, Ontario, Canada; and Waterloo, Iowa, and then proceeded with Christmas Eve velocity" to Pueblo, said Reddish.

There he and the reindeer were met by hundreds of children.

During the flight, said Reddish, NORAD used satellite systems to track the "infrared signature" of Rudolph's bright nose.

NORAD said that the program has grown to become the largest Santa-tracking operation in the world.

Reddish said that one method of tracking was not used over the weekend SantaCams.

But SantaCams will be used by NORAD on Christmas Eve, said Reddish.

The NORAD Santa website is featured in seven languages.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How much does it all cost would be my first question? Hard to put a price on helping to maintain the innocence and belief in Santa of millions of kids around the world. Besides since we know its all made up, does it really cost that much for Norad to do this?
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Wait until you see the federal budget!
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ok so i overreacted when i first saw the article but i looked into it and its actually quite a neat tradition. however it is somewhat costly because each year canadien fighter jets fly alongside "santa" and escort him to the U.S. border to be then escorted by American fighter jets. I dont know how much it costs to operate them jets.
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Although they say they're escorting Santa, I would bet that they work that into a regular training exercise.

But really, you're worried about military spending and you live in the U.S. Tomtom? You spend trillions on war, put it into perspective...just saying.
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Although they say they're escorting Santa, I would bet that they work that into a regular training exercise.

But really, you're worried about military spending and you live in the U.S. Tomtom? You spend trillions on war, put it into perspective...just saying.
i did say i over reacted did i not? lol
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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We're tracking Santa out of the fear that he may fly his jolly red ass into one of our highrises.

I think it's kind of a fun thing they do, but it's always awkward to see the government having fun. They always seem like a bunch of over serious maniacs to me.
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for sure. maybe they give him an escort to keep the terrorists from nabbin him.
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They always seem like a bunch of over serious maniacs to me.
such people usually hold the best parties
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You can't put a price on PR.

That said, how much it costs to even have those types of installations, let alone staff, power, etc. them, I don't mind that the actually use it for once
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