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Proton launches commercial coms sat

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Proton flies to high orbit with communications satellite

Taking an exceptionally long climb into exceptionally high orbit, a Russian Proton rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Monday on a 15-hour flight that successfully deployed a commercial communications satellite.

Liftoff of the 1.5-million-pound vehicle came at 0918:31 GMT (5:18:31 a.m. EDT) carrying the SES 6 spacecraft nestled atop the 191-foot-tall rocket.

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