Santa’s sleigh has returned to the North Pole where it will now be readied for one final test flight prior to Christmas Eve. This news comes on the heels of the announcement that the North Pole Tracking Center operations for Christmas 2014 have commenced.
What does that exactly mean?
That means active weather reports are being monitored and a “threat assessment” is starting to be compiled as flight paths for Santa’s journey are being explored. It means that spotter elves are starting to take positions in places all over the world and the process of setting up monitoring and communications equipment has begun. It means that testing of communication systems with the sleigh, the reindeer, and Santa’s suit are taking place. There is a lot of work the Tracking Center needs to do before it actually begins tracking Santa.
You can expect a lot of news over the course of the next three days before Santa actually launches. Most of it will be posted at SantaUpdate.com.
What is in Dubai that holds Santa’s interest? Tonight Santa has taken the sleigh there claiming to be “meeting with consultants”. Again, it is another trip with the sleigh that has nothing to do about the sleigh.
The team here in the Tracking Department is suspicious, especially since the North Pole all but declared Santa’s sleigh ready.
What is Santa up to?
Santa is at the reins again tonight and he tells us his destination for “inspections” is Rotterdam. This is again a highly unusual activity for Santa. Even more unusual is his use of a special team of reindeer that he calls “Team Alpha”. These are specially trained reindeer who specialize in very high speeds.
Santa does report that on his trip to Malaysia he was very pleased with the performance of the sleigh and indicated that it should do “just fine” for Christmas Eve.
These test flights evidently have very little to do with Santa’s sleigh. Please see Santa Update.com for more about the story of Operation Merry Christmas this year.
Calling it “official business”, Santa himself took his new sleigh on a night time flight to Malaysia a few hours ago. We have no idea how long he will be there, what the purpose of his visit is or what he might be doing with the sleigh.
Elves in the Research and Development Department are very concerned because their scheduled tests of the sleigh are not yet complete. While they are confident this sleigh is “almost ready” they would feel more comfortable if all tests were complete before used the sleigh on “official business”.
In a good test of our tracking equipment this year, we peg Santa in Singapore presently.