BAIKONUR, KAZACHSTAN, – 02 JUNE, 2013
Telephoto shot of the top of a Proton rocket system containing SES-6 Satellite for launch. The maiden flight of the Proton rocket took place on 16 July 1965. The launcher's lead designer, Vladimir Chelomei, initially designed it with the intention of creating both a powerful rocket for military payloads and a high-performance ICBM. The program was changed, and the rocket was developed exclusively for launching spacecraft.The original name of the launch vehicle was UR-500, but it adopted the name “Proton,” which also was the name of the first three payloads that the rocket launched.