Flight VA213 is the 69th ARIANE 5 launch and the second in 2013. An ARIANE 5 ES, with a reignitable 3rd stage, will be used for this flight.
Flight VA213 is a commercial mission for the Ariane 5 launcher. Launcher 592 for this mission is the 13rd production launcher of the PB batch. The PB production contract was signed in March 2009 to guarantee continuity of the launch service after completion of the PA batch comprising 30 launchers. The PB production batch comprises 35 launchers, including 5 A5/ES launchers, and covers the period from 2010 to 2016. It is the fourth of the A5/ES series and the 43rd complete launcher delivered to Arianespace, integrated and inspected under the responsibility of AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL).