Its own space agency may be miles behind that of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) but that has not stopped a rather jittery Pakistan from warning India against ISRO's historic launch of its 100th satellite - along with 30 others.
Out of the 31, three are Indian and 28 are from six countries: Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had suffered a setback after the failure of the earlier PSLV-C39 mission in August past year. "Subsequently, however, India made it clear that it would build, launch and operate the satellite exclusively", Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had said.
India today successfully launched weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series and 29 other spacecraft onboard its dependable Polar rocket from here. It will also be the first mission after the failure of the PSLV on August 31, 2017, where the heat shield malfunctioned, as a result of which the satellite failed to enter orbit. The 28 global customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm "Antrix Corporation Ltd".
India, too, is sending one micro and nano satellite.
"ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch of Cartosat, a nanosat, microsat and 28 customer satellites".
The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kg.
ISRO's launch vehicle Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-40 will carry the satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) in Sriharikota on January 12. This mission had lasted two hours and 15 minutes, ISRO scientists said. Between these two orbits, the engine of the PSLV's fourth stage will be re-activated twice.
India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and obtaining high resolution images of the earth.
Soon after the failed mission, there was talk about possible internal sabotage, speculation that an ISRO official brushed away in an interview to a TV channel.