The EGNOS System Test Bed (ESTB), the first EGNOS prototype, has been available since early 2000 for navigation demonstrations and service trials. The ESTB Helpdesk, including an e-mail service, is fully operational since March 2001.
The ESTB provides a unique opportunity for validating and demonstrating new service and application developments in a realistic environment, in preparing for the EGNOS operations from 2004 onwards but also in getting ready for the initiation of the Galileo system later this decade. To support these initiatives, the European Space Agency has set-up an ESTB Helpdesk e-mail service (ESTB@esa.int). European Commission funding supports the development and operation of the EGNOS System Test Bed.
The ESTB Helpdesk e-mail service is available for all current or future ESTB users as well as anyone else with an interest in state-of-the-art satellite navigation. The ESTB Helpdesk will respond to questions on the ESTB architecture and performance, EGNOS receivers, ESTB Signal in Space (SIS) status and on ESTB evolutions. Moreover, it will try to assist potential users in every possible way on how to exploit the ESTB for their specific application or service developments.