GE Scientists Unveil Greener, Smarter Sleigh for Santa Claus
*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
NISKAYUNA, N.Y. & 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:
*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.
Little concluded, “On behalf of all of GE’s scientists and engineers, Happy
Holidays and best wishes for prosperous 2013 ahead.”
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