The establishment of Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing (MACRES) in 1988 is one of the eight (8) components of Malaysian National Remote Sensing Programme under the National Remote Sensing Committee (JKRSN) chaired by the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister Department. JKRS then had been placed under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE) which is in line with MOSTE’s function in the field of science and technology and proposed establishment of MACRES under MOSTE.
Planetarium Division was founded under the Prime Minister’s Department to develop science and educational facility through the establishment of the National Planetarium.
MACRES was recognised as a federal institute of research in the field of remote sensing and related technologies on 1 January 1991.
Angkasa (BAKSA) to lead the research in science and space technology.
BAKSA was assigned under MOSTE.
National Space Agency (ANGKASA) was established with the mandate to legislate policy and rules, coordinate, implement and monitor space activities.
ANGKASA had taken over all functions from BAKSA in space science education and the operations of the National Planetarium.
MOSTE was restructured and known as Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to lead the national development of ICT, Multimedia and Innovation.
On 15 February 2008, MACRES was upgraded as a full government department and known as Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) to lead the research and development (R&D) activities in remote sensing and related technologies and integrated services for standard and value added remote sensing data.
Space science education division under ANGKASA and the operations of National Planetarium was merged as a division under MOSTI.
After the 14th General Election (PRU-14) the entire component of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Green Technology and Energy Components from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and related components of Climate Change and Environment from the Ministry of Natural resources and Environment (NRE) has been restructured and formed the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC).
The Cabinet on 20 February 2019 had approved the establishment of Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) through the merging of Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) and National Space Agency (ANGKASA). The initiative of MYSA is to ensure the development and management of the national space sector in a strategic, organised and comprehensive manner.
MESTECC has been restructured and its name has been changed to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) following the formation of the New Government Cabinet announced on March 9, 2020.