U.S. Innovation 46: Accurate and Timely Santa Tracking
A resource used by technologically advanced families each Christmas season is the NORAD Santa Tracker. A service of the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, NORAD Santa Tracking now features Google Maps integration. Established on May 12, 1958, NORAD was originally charged with protecting North America from a perceived threat from Soviet strategic bombers. NORAD's mission has evolved to include the post-Cold War and post-9-11 mission of monitoring of all aircraft flying in the interior of the United States. Since its inception, NORAD has been the official Santa Claus spotter, providing detailed tracking information about Santa's trip around the globe. The Santa tracking mission began in 1955 when a Sears store in Colorado mistakenly printed printed the Air Defense Command's telephone number as Santa's. NORAD continued the Air Defense Command's service to children, which has been updated with social media and geographic information system integration.