There are just 200 days until Santa launches and North Pole Flight Command has already accomplished much as part of Operation Merry Christmas.
Locations for regional tracking centers were announced late last month and efforts are already underway to construct those centers and get them operational. It is anticipated that they will be completed by the end of June so that tracker training can commence through flight simulations using last year’s flight data.
Santa’s sleigh has received design approval and prototypes have already had their first test flights.
Santa is leading a recruiting drive among the reindeer to staff the test flight teams needed for this year’s sleigh. It is anticipated that full-scale test flights will begin this next week.
All of this is far in advance of the usual schedule. We are awaiting word of when Santa will announce tracking initiatives for 2021, including the number of tracker elves he will need worldwide. Last year he had more than 55 million.
We expect the news from North Pole Flight Command to be particularly heavy over the next 8 weeks. Please stand by for news.