The launch has almost tripled the current record of 37 satellites Russia sent into orbit in 2014."It's going to be a big deal. It shows the sophistication of India's space program," Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, said before the launch. The increasing competition for space-related power and prestige in Asia has echoes of the Cold War space race of the mid-20th century. But they're not the only motivations. The pursuit of science and technological advancement plus the economic and commercial benefits they bring also factor highly.