The directorate for Space Technology was set up towards the end of 2012 to focus on building relationships with foreign space agencies, the Maltese government, industry and educational sector. It aims to explore the use of space-applications for businesses and the educational sector amongst others. This was in part resulting from the Cooperation Agreement which Malta signed with the European Space Agency (ESA) on 20th February 2012.
This agreement allows Malta and ESA to create the framework for more intensive cooperation in ESA projects in the future. Malta was also granted Observer Status at the ESA Ministerial Meeting where Malta also endorsed ESA's Political Declaration towards the European Space Agency that best serves Europe.
The first results of the cooperation allow Maltese scientists and engineers to work as trainees in ESA's facilities according to their competences. This was made possible with the support of the Ministry of Education.