Reindeer Embracing New Technology

Reindeer Embracing New Technology

Flight engineers this week are testing a radical new technology that embeds communication capability into the antlers of Santa’s reindeer.

“The antlers serve a natural purpose for the reindeer,” noted Elf Melissa St. Cloud, a scientist in the North Pole Research and Development Department. “But for one very long night the reindeer are out of the wild and in the skies with Santa. Couldn’t that time use the natural extension of the antlers to aid in communication? We’re not talking about talking to the reindeer but rather using them as conduits for channeling radio and data.”

It is an interesting idea. With 9 reindeer each set of antlers could be specifically “tuned” for a special purpose. Comet, for example, could channel sleigh speed data while Blitzen could project radio transmissions for Santa’s communication with North Pole flight command.

Santa has already said the project could NOT be used to communicate WITH the reindeer — that’s a job that Santa feels is his alone and he does not want that messed with. However, he does admit that the antlers are “just there” and not serving any other useful purpose on Christmas Eve.

This is a project still in early development and one that likely will not be employed on this year’s flight.

Santa Visits Reindeer Ranches

Santa Visits Reindeer Ranches

Santa took off for a few days to visit two reindeer ranches in Europe. One is located in Austria, and the other is in Finland.

There are roughly 14 reindeer ranch locations operated by the North Pole in various places around the world.

Reindeer pay a very vital part in Operation Merry Christmas. Not only does Santa use the reindeer that everyone knows about to power his sleigh but every Christmas Eve there are literally thousands of sleighs flying in different parts of the world in support roles. It takes hundreds of thousands of reindeer to pull that off.

So Santa invests a lot of time in the recruitment, training, and care of reindeer all over the world.

The purpose of this mid-year visit is not known at this time. Santa is inspecting the one and two-year-old class reindeer to evaluate their progress but other than that he has given no stated reason for the visits to the ranches at this time.