Flight 215 is the 71st Ariane 5 launch and the fourth in 2013.
It follows on from a series of 56 consecutive successful Ariane 5 launches. An Ariane 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A), the most powerful version in the Ariane 5 range, will be used for this flight.
Flight 215 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L570 launcher is the fourteenth in the A5ECA family to be delivered by Airbus Defence and Space to Arianespace as part of the PB production batch. The main mission of Flight 215 is to place the EUTELSAT 25B / Es’hail-1 and GSAT-7 commercial payloads into a GTO orbit.