ESA, through its Radio Navigation Laboratory based at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, offers a number of tools and facilities to external projects to support the development of applications for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and Galileo.
The Radio Navigation Laboratory is a general test and simulation facility. It supports the main ESA navigation projects; namely Galileo and EGNOS. It routinely monitors Signal-in-Space health and performance for satellite navigation systems such as GPS, Glonass and EGNOS. It hosts a wide variety of hardware and software assets; most of them developed under ESA contracts. The use of those assets, i.e. allows for the support of a detailed characterization of receivers to be used in actual applications.
Costs for using the facilities are limited to the manpower required to support the use of the tools.