GE scientists imagine a greener, smarter sleigh for Santa Claus
By Jay Keller
GE scientists and engineers have teamed up to imagine a new sleigh for Santa Claus.
In celebration of the holiday season, the GE team combined real-life innovations with the latest technology to “build” an updated sleigh that would make Santa’s travels greener, faster and much more efficient.
Specifically, GE’s updated version of Santa’s sleigh includes upgrades using 3-D printed parts, the use of ceramic composites and a new electric traction motor designed to give his team of reindeer a rest.
And, even if Santa’s sleigh were to need an upgrade, GE hopes to capture the Christmas spirit by combining its modern advances with imagination.
One cool feature is the icephobic coating that is sprayed on the exterior of the sleigh to prevent ice buildup. Santa will appreciate traveling through new fallen snow as ice and water literally bounce off surfaces coated with this feature.
Of the new features, Santa would be most interested in air traffic management Technology to help the reindeer steer clear of the planes en route on Christmas Eve.
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.
And, the new battery can function under extreme temperature conditions.
The modern Santa would have a thin cooling solution that can improve jet engine aerodynamics and outfit Santa with a cooler, thinner laptop.
“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 in a press release.