Engineering the Miracle of the Holidays

  • Dec 22, 2021
  • Blog Post

A press release from AGI, an Ansys company - December 22, 2021

For the 24th consecutive year, AGI, an Ansys company, is collaborating with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center on the annual "NORAD Tracks Santa" experience. AGI and its parent company, Ansys, are using simulation tools and digital mission engineering software to improve the Santa tracking experience.

Click here for the new Holiday Experience and Digital Transformation Video Playlist to see how Santa’s engineering elves are using simulation technology to prepare for the December 24th trip.

  • White-out conditions expected Christmas Eve? Check out the video that shows how Santa can reinforce his sleigh to withstand a snowman impact.
  • Space is crowded these days! Click here to learn how AGI and its partner, COMSPOC, help Santa avoid space debris.
  • Need more reindeer? Not a problem! See how modeling software determines where to add reindeer to maintain balance and gain additional power and efficiency.
  • Will all the presents fit? Packing the sleigh is easier when you use simulation software to determine more efficient present placement to manage load and delivery.
  • How is Jolly Old St. Nick traveling around this year? See Santa’s new stealth model sleigh that is more aerodynamic and energy efficient.
  • Reindeer can’t make the trip? Load up Santa’s future mode of transportation – a sleek flying machine that transforms air travel and enhances global deliveries.

Also available this year is the new “Engineering the Miracle of the Holidays” coloring book and a free student version of the Ansys Discovery Student software that encourages STEM learning and helps the next generation of engineers create buildings, vehicles, and other structures using any materials imaginable in real-world applications.

NORAD is also continuing its collaboration with Cesium, a strategic partner of AGI. Cesium’s open-source, web-based, 3D graphics software enables millions of people around the world to visualize Santa’s journey on a highly precise virtual globe consisting of 3D terrain and satellite imagery that accurately reflects the light from the sun and the position of the stars.

Starting at 4 a.m. EST on December 24, viewers can follow Santa’s progress in real time as he travels the world, beginning from the International Date Line. Along his route, Santa will pass famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and the Statue of Liberty. New city flyovers for 2021 include Seattle, Dubai, and Rio de Janeiro.

Also on Christmas Eve, beginning at 6 a.m. EST, you can call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to talk to a live operator about Santa's journey.

Last year, the "NORAD Tracks Santa" website attracted more than 11 million global visitors.


About AGI, An Ansys Company

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