DARPA’s High-speed Optimized Handling of Holiday Operations (HO HO HO) initiative is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year, and the Agency is proud to continue its tradition of sharing breakthrough technologies to help Santa Claus and his elves more quickly and efficiently complete their holiday duties. This year, Santa and his North Pole crew have been granted special access to research tools from the following DARPA programs:
Finally, DARPA is continuing its work with the U.S. Air Force’s North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to track Santa’s flight path on Christmas Eve. One program that could help with this important task in the future is Hallmark, which is working with space operators to design and develop systems to improve the speed and effectiveness of commanders responsible for protecting increasingly critical on-orbit assets—and few such assets are as important at this time of year as Santa and his sleigh full of holiday cheer.
“Santa and his helpers are essential partners in America’s technology innovation ecosystem—not just for their centuries of inventiveness, but also for the happiness they bring to Service members, veterans, and their families each year,” said an Agency spokesperson, speaking from DARPA’s undisclosed northernmost workshop. “DARPA is proud to continue its work with St. Nick on our common mission to make the world a better place by dreaming big and redefining what’s possible.”
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 Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) (top left), Ground Truth (top center),Video Synthetic Aperture Radar (ViSAR)(top right), Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging In Earth’s Native Terrain (AMBIIENT)(bottom left), Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health (WASH)(bottom center), and Hallmark (bottom right). Click below for high-resolution image.
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