DARPA today announced it would extend for the third year its High-speed Optimized Handling of Holiday Operations (HO HO HO) initiative, in which the Agency shares some of the year’s top breakthroughs to help Santa Claus and his elves more quickly and efficiently complete their holiday duties. This year, through HO HO HO, Santa and his North Pole crew have been granted special access to research tools from the following DARPA programs:
Finally, in addition to working directly with St. Nick, DARPA has expanded HO HO HO this year to include U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). At a mountaintop event in New Mexico this past October, DARPA marked the formal transition of its Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) from an Agency-led design and construction program to ownership and operation by AFSPC, which has announced plans to operate the telescope in Australia jointly with the Australian government.
The quickest and most nimble large telescope in the world, SST has developed many technological firsts that are helping redefine what telescopes can do. Of immediate relevance to the HO HO HO initiative is that SST is the latest addition to AFSPC’s Space Surveillance Network, which helps the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) track Santa’s flight path on Christmas Eve.
“DARPA, America’s technology innovation ecosystem, and St. Nick all share the common goal of making the world a better place by dreaming big and redefining what’s possible,” said an Agency spokesperson, speaking from DARPA’s undisclosed northernmost workshop. “We are happy to see our advances being put to use for such a good Claus, and we thank Santa and his helpers for their commitment to innovation.”
Image Caption: DARPA’s High-speed Optimized Handling of Holiday Operations (HO HO HO) initiative aims to help Santa Claus and his elves more quickly and efficiently complete their holiday duties by providing access to research from numerous DARPA programs. This year’s contributions include technologies developed through the Cyber Grand Challenge (upper left), Intrachip/Interchip Enhanced Cooling (ICECool)(top center), Transformative Designs (TRADES)(top right), Multifunction RF (MFRF)(bottom left), Warrior Web (bottom center), and the Space Surveillance Telescope (SST). Click below for high-resolution image.
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