SPAN Pilot Project Report



Nearly 40 scientists, space physics data system managers, and NASA Headquarters personnel, all members of the Data System Users Working Group (DSUWG), met at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) on May 2 and 3, 1984, to discuss the status and future direction of the Space Physics Analysis Network (SPAN) pilot project. SPAN was recently established by Code EI and Code T at NASA Headquarters as a pilot project based on the recommendations of the DSUWG (see Eos, February 7, 1984, p. 46) and the urging of many scientists of the space plasma physics community. SPAN will use as its foundation the SCAN (Space-Plasma Computer Analysis Network) system managed by Marshall Space Flight Center. Code EE at headquarters has chartered the DSUWG, currently chaired by D.N. Baker of Los Alamos, to provide the scientific user guidance for the future development of the SPAN. SPAN will continue to be managed by MSFC but funding and policy review will be handled by Code EI to coordinate all the headquarters space science activities on the system.