Sunday, December 23, 2007

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Assists Santa Claus

This holiday season, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) again offered its expertise to one very special customer -- Santa Claus.

After being overwhelmed by a growing world demand, Santa approached NGA and asked for help to streamline his Christmas Eve deliveries. “You helped me out last year and I need some new routes that will let me move around the world quickly and efficiently,” he said.

NGA combined satellite imagery with its map and chart making expertise to upgrade a digital navigation system that focused on Santa’s problem. Called NGA TOY DELIVERY SYSTEM X-100, this specialized geospatial intelligence product was specifically formatted to let Santa create quick and easy routes around the globe. Since its development in 2006, NGA has made several enhancements to the system, resulting in increased speed and accuracy.

After several successful trial runs, the system upgrades met with Santa’s approval. “If folks thought last year was good, wait until this Christmas Eve,” Santa said. “The kind folks at NGA have made my job much easier and I can’t thank them enough.” NGA is honored to be a partner with the number one world traveler. To view the upgraded NGA TOY DELIVERY SYSTEM X-100 and see how it is used by its revered customer, please go to

NGA is a Department of Defense combat support agency and a member of the National Intelligence Community. Its mission is to provide timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of our national security. Geospatial intelligence is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., NGA has major facilities in the greater Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, Mo., areas with NGA support teams worldwide. Visit us online at


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