Scientists working at General Electric (GE) have made a number of modifications to Santa's sleigh, making it faster, smarter and more energy-efficient.

Scientists working at General Electric (GE) have made a number of modifications to Santa's sleigh, making it faster, smarter and more energy-efficient.

 
With only days to go before Santa's lightning speed trip around the world, which internet users can track via Google's Santa Tracker, GE has implemented a number of new features to Santa's aging vehicle.
 
First up is a thin cooling solution, which can help improve the sleigh's jet engine aerodynamics (yes, Santa did upgrade to jet engines) and even produce a thinner and cooler laptop for Santa (yes, Santa does have a laptop). The technology, unveiled earlier this month, is half the thickness of conventional cooling systems.
 
Secondly, GE added new Air Traffic Management Technology, similar to the one the company is working on with NASA to bring air traffic control “into the cloud.”
 
Thirdly, GE is fitting Santa's sleigh with an Electric Traction Motor with MEM switching technology, similar to technology used in electric cars.
 
 
Fourthly, the sleigh blades were made using a 3D printer, using a tougher and yet more flexible fabric, building on previous advances in 3D printing.
 
Finally, GE has added Ceramic Matrix Composites for energy saving, in addition to a Durathon battery for durable powering of the various equipment on board Santa's high-tech sleigh.
 
“It has been three years since we introduced a new sleigh for Santa, and we figured it was time to provide a few upgrades to make his ride even better,” said Mark Little, SVP and Director of GE Global Research. “With the advancements GE scientists have made in 3-D printing, new materials like CMCs and the great opportunities to make machines smarter with the Industrial Internet, we have incorporated several new technologies to give Santa and his reindeer team a greener, smarter sleigh.”
 
Santa was equally enthused. “I am looking forward to flying into outer space,” he said. “This will really save time by helping me get to destinations in different parts of the world much faster.”
 
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