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GE Scientists Unveil Greener, Smarter Sleigh for Santa Claus

December 21, 2012

  • An array of new technologies added to improve the sleigh
  • New 3-D printed parts allow for sleeker, more aerodynamic blade design to improve energy efficiency
  • Use of high temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) in the frame to enable travel into and out of outer space
  • New electric traction motor with MEMS switching technology to provide green power when reindeer need to rest
  • New Industrial Internet technologies will ensure safer, more efficient travel

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. and NORTH POLE, December 21, 2012 -- Just in time for Christmas, a team of GE scientists and engineers have introduced several new features to Santa's sleigh. The updated sleigh incorporates a number of new technologies that will make Santa's travels greener, faster and much more efficient. To learn more about the new, advanced features, -click here-.

"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, Senior Vice President 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."

When learning about the new upgrades, both Santa and the reindeer were excited.

Santa commented, "I am looking forward to flying into outer space. This will really save time by helping me get to destinations in different parts of the world much faster."

And on behalf of all the reindeer, Rudolph commented, "The new feature that allows Santa to switch to electric power is welcomed by all the reindeer. Covering the entire globe can be pretty exhausting and having the opportunity to rest along our journey will help us remain in peak condition."

New features of the sleigh include:

Little concluded, "On behalf of all of GE's scientists and engineers, Happy Holidays and best wishes for prosperous 2013 ahead."


Todd Alhart
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