Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket took off at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT) Monday from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad, and headed east over the Atlantic Ocean.
The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for the USA military.
SES-12 is capable of broadcasting and providing broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region. According to the mission's press kit, the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage will deploy the satellite 32 minutes and 14 seconds after liftoff. The SES satellite will be one of the company's largest.
SpaceX will reportedly no longer be sending a pair of space tourists to circle the moon this year.
Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment.