NORAD Commanders Message Tracking Santa

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  3. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Clive
    Have a look in the Dalesman (Yorkshire monthly) for december there is a decent article on how BMEWS Fylingdales tracks santa
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Nearly that time again
     
  5. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Re-route due to solar sun flares
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Nearly time again
     
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Not bothering this year, kids are growing up, one is a 'bloody teenager' & middle one will be next year.
    Youngest sussed out tooth-fairy wasn't real back in August & was a tad upset.
    Don't think he's worked out Father Christmas yet, other 2 have though.
     
  11. Our bill

    Our bill Well-Known Member

    Never mind the kids I am liking this
     
  12. Mark Hone

    Mark Hone Senior Member

    Didn't think the tracking was as good last year now that NORAD and Google have fallen out.
     
  13. Mark Hone

    Mark Hone Senior Member

    There seem to have been problems with the website and apps this year. The operation does not seem to be as slick as previously. My grandchildren miss the animated sleigh and galloping reindeer that used to be superimposed on the map. Odd that the whole thing now seems less sophisticated than it did a couple of years ago.
     
  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  17. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I like the Story of how it all came about :) :Hydrogen:

    Regards
    Tom
     
  18. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  19. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    My goodness is it that time again. Better get ready to put out the mince pie and the sherry. Thanks for the reminder.

    Lotus7.
     
  20. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    It's already 6AM on Xmas morning here but for those paying attention, attached is the flight plan as posted:

    Santa's Jeppesen Chart

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    We can fill in a few blanks for Thursday's calendar related to range, top speed and loaded weight.

    There are 2 billion children (under 18) in the world. But since Santa doesn't appear to handle Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish children, that reduces the work load to 15% of the total - 378 million or so. At an average rate of 3.5 children per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's at least one good child in each.

    Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with thanks to time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west. This works out to 822.6 visits per second. Assuming that each of these 91.8 million homes are distributed evenly (which we know to be false but for the sake of these calculations we will accept) we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75 1/2 million miles, not counting bathroom stops. This means that Santa's sleigh is traveling at 650 miles per second, 3000 times the speed of sound.

    The sleighs payload adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized LEGO set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons not counting Santa, who is inexorably described as overweight.

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