What would Santa’s sleigh look like in your showroom today?

Jason Cannon

December 21, 2012

We’ve all seen pictures of Santa’s sleigh, right? But doesn’t it look a little dated?

A team of GE scientists and engineers have introduced several new features to Santa’s sleigh, which bring the jolly red man square into the 21st century. The updated sleigh incorporates a number of new technologies that will make Santa’s travels greener, faster and much more efficient. 

“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.”

New features of the sleigh include:

  • A thin cooling solution that can improve jet engine aerodynamics and outfit Santa with a cooler, thinner laptop.
  • Air Traffic Management Technology to help Santa and the reindeer steer clear of the planes en route on Christmas Eve.
  • An Electric Traction Motor with MEMS switching technology to quickly and efficiently transfer power of Santa’s sleigh over to the electric motor to give the reindeer a break.
  • 3-D printed sleigh blades for a more aerodynamic design to improve energy efficiency paired with a tough, flexible fabric to give Santa greater lift and maneuverability.
  • An upgraded sleigh frame made from GE’s high temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) that will save energy and time by enabling flight into outer space and back.
  • GE’s Durathon battery for reliably powering the accouterments in Santa’s sleigh. The battery can function under extreme temperature conditions.

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