Creating Accounts

To create an account, go to:
An alternative way to get to this page is to click on the "Sign Up" link that appears at the top of every webpage on the site (to the right of the NASA meatball).

Each individual person on the science team is expected to create his/her own account on the website -- the accounts should not be shared between team members.

You can choose any username you like when registering a new account. However, your email address must be your standard work email address (i.e., the one that ESPO has on file for you). The system uses your email address to recognize you and assign that you to the appropriate instrument and mission teams. Once you have created an account on the ESPO archive, you can use that same account for all future ESPO missions, and also for updates to any relevant past missions.

After you fill in your username and email address, the system will send you a confirmation email. This email contains a link that you must use to login to the website for the first time. This process ensures that the email address you provided is correct.

Members of Active Missions

If you are participating in a mission that is currently using the ESPO archive (e.g., GloPac, MACPEX, or ATTREX), several features will be made available to you once you have logged in:

  • Options specific to the mission should be added to the navigation menu (at the left-hand side of every webpage), in particular options to browse that mission's archive, and a help page with mission-specific information.
  • Two special tabs should be added to your user page (, or else click on the "My Account" link that now appears near the top of all webpages):
    • The "Profile" tab displays your user profile -- based on information that you have previously provided to ESPO. If you wish to edit any of this information (or if you wish to add additional contact information), you can edit your profile through the "Edit" tab.
    • The "Archive" tab displays information specific to you about the data archive. In particular, it contains a list of files that you are able to submit to the archive, and ways to edit/add/delete that information. For more details on this page, see the Archive Configuration help page.

If these features are not visible after you login, see the Troubleshooting section.


  • Problem: you created an account, but when you login none of the mission-specific features are available.
    • The most likely reason for this problem is that you provided a different email address than the one ESPO has on record. To fix this problem, you will need to contact an ESPO team member.
  • Problem: you are prevented from creating an account because of an error message: "The e-mail address xxx is not valid."
    • You probably already have an account on the system, because accounts on this system are shared with the Airborne Science Operations Flight Request System (SOFRS). Specifically, the username you tried to use is probably the same as your SOFRS account, but the email address is different. Try simply logging into the system using your existing SOFRS username and password.
  • Problem: you never receive a confirmation email after creating the account.
    • This will happen if you provided an incorrect email address. It may also happen if your email's spam filter has hidden the email. Make sure that your email account will accept emails from