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Russian Santa Claus to be tracked via GLONASS satnav system

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Russian Santa Claus to be tracked via GLONASS satnav system
18:29 18/11/2010

Father Frost, Russia's Santa Claus, received on Thursday a staff featuring a GLONASS satellite navigation system so he can be tracked on his New Year's gift-giving journey.

The system will transmit Father Frost's coordinates to a special center, which will publish them on the internet so that everyone can follow his progress on his traditional New Year voyage.

"Technical innovations have become an essential part of modern life. Therefore, Father Frost has mastered computer skills, receives e-mails from children, has blogs in social networks and uses a cell phone to communicate with other magicians," said Ivan Nechayev, the executive director of the Russian Navigation Technologies company, which presented the staff.

The GLONASS module was installed in the crystal-shaped top of the staff, which is 180 cm long and weighs some 3 kg.

Last year, Father Frost's sledge and other vehicles at his residence in the town of Veliky Ustyug were also equipped with GLONASS navigation systems.

NORAD, the U.S. military's North American Aerospace Defense Command, has tracked Santa Claus on his journey around the Earth on Christmas Eve since 1955, when a misprinted phone number in a newspaper ad connected children to the operations hotline. The tradition has grown into a website that was visited by millions of people last year.

MOSCOW, November 18 (RIA Novosti)

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  • arnoldvinette@yahoo.comThis is wonderful to hear!
    21:21, 18/11/2010
    Being from North America I was very confused when my friends did not celebrate Christmas like American's and Canadian's did.

    Was there no Santa Claus in Russia? I wondered sadly.

    But of course there was a Santa Claus in Russia only his name was Father Frost. Father Frost (Santa Claus) just did not fly into Russia on the evening of December 24th and the early morning of December 25th like he has done for one hundred years in North America.

    The reason for this of course is absolutely obvious when you think about it. I mean honestly how many gifts can Santa Claus's (Father Frost's) sleigh hold on any given night?

    Santa Claus (alias Father Frost) needed a week for the North Pole elves to finish the gifts for the Russian kids and get his sleigh restocked for Russia's New Year's Eve gift giving celebrations.

    It makes so much sense now to me as a new comer to Russian holiday traditions.

    Now Russian kids will be able to track their Father Frost as he flies across Russia delivering their gifts using Russia's brand new GLONASS satellite navigation system on New Year's Eve. Can technology get any better or more useful for Russian kids? I don't think so.

    Now that Father Frost has had his level meeting with GLONASS officials and has a brand new GLONASS satellite navigation system installed in his sleigh, not only will Father Frost be able to find the homes of all the good little boys and girls in Russia but he will also be able to be tracked via satellite by them and the military. How cool does that get!

    No doubt that once Russian military officials spot Father Frost flying in on his sleigh they will scramble a new pair of MiG-35 stealth jet fighters to safely escort Father Frost across Russia on his wonderful gift-giving journey.

    Another first for Russian ingenuity and making Father Frost's gift giving journey on New Year's Eve more enjoyable and exciting than ever before for kids all over Russia!

    (PS Thanks to the staff at RIA Novosti for letting me know when Father Frost makes his gift giving journey across Russia. I didn't know until today.)

    Arnold Vinette
    Ottawa, Canada
    Was there no Santa Claus in Russia? I wondered sadly.

    But of course there was a Santa Claus he just did not fly into Russia on the evening of December 24th and early morning of December 25th

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