For example, the company has launched pre-flown Dragon capsules on robotic cargo missions to the International Space Station, and two of the three Falcon 9 first stages that form the core of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket landed successfully during the huge launcher's debut flight in February.
Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite. This satellite will provide video, data, and other communications services across the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.
The Falcon 9's booster previously launched the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B spacecraft last summer.
About 32 minutes later, the Falcon 9's upper stage deployed the Airbus-built SES 12 telecom payload into a "supersynchronous" transfer orbit stretching more than 36,000 miles (58,000 kilometers) above Earth.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini mugged at gunpoint in Chile
The couple were mugged on Saturday evening as they headed to a restaurant with friends in the Chilean capital Santiago. Pellegrini and his friends are said to have tried to calm the criminals down before they had weapons pointed at them.
Nighttime launches are always spectacular because of the bright light cast by a rocket lifting off, even more so if skies are clear. The first stage is back on the launch pad Sunday for its second flight.
SpaceX won't land the booster again, as the company is trying to phase out the Block 4 rockets for the new Block 5 configuration.