Robin Buster


I wanted to share a Christmas tradition with you that my family does every year. On Christmas Eve, N.O.R.A.D. a bi-national US-Canadian military organization that provides advanced warning of impending missle and air attacks uses its advanced equipment to track Santa's journey.

N.O.R.A.D. uses four different advanced tracking systems to track the big guy's journey. They first use their radar system which has 47 radars strung across the northern border of North America. Once the radar system signals Santa's lift off they use satellites that are orbiting the earth. These satellites are equiped with infrared sensors that detect heat. Rudolph's bright red nose puts out an amazing amount of heat which allows the satellites to track Santa's movement.

The third tracking system that N.O.R.A.D uses is the Santa Cam Network. These are ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many locations around the world and they are only used once a year.

The fourth system is made up of fighter jets. Canadian NORAD fighter pilots flying the CF-18 intercept and welcome Santa to North America. In the United States, American NORAD fighter pilots in either the F-15 or the F-16 get the thrill of flying alongside Santa and his famous reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph.


We love to watch Santa's Christmas Eve journey and see all of wonderful  places that he visits around the world. It also helps that we can see how close he is to our house so that we can get to bed on time and not miss him.

On Christmas Eve you can watch Santa's journey HERE.

If you would like to see the Christmas countdown, play a game or learn more about N.O.R.A.D Santa you can check it out HERE.

Merry Christmas!
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