The building will be completed by November 2017 and operations will begin in summer 2018. Unique ventilation technology cuts operating costs by 70 percent with the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone for the new Integrated Technology Centre (ITC), Airbus marks the commencement of the intensive construction phase for its new €43 million satellite hub. The ultra-modern building will enable the Friedrichshafen site to handle future satellite requirements. The ITC, featuring complex technology and equipment, that are unique in Europe, enables various clean room classes in the central integration hall and is set to be built in record time. Plans call for the structure to be “enclosed” and interior work to begin in just six months. The centre is to begin operations in late summer 2018, and at full capacity up to eight large satellites will be able to be integrated simultaneously.