Basalt Tech

Basalt Tech

Autonomy in space, for every mission

Basalt Tech is a spacecraft OS company based in San Francisco. We're building Dispatch: An OS which allows different types of satellites to work together, and produces optimized instructions for fleets of spacecraft. The company is founded by Max Bhatti and Alex Choi, lead engineers at the MIT CubeSat program. Previously, the duo worked as systems engineers at SpaceX, and the UK Ministry of Defense. Basalt Tech recently received its seed investment as part of the Y Combinator W24 batch, and is currently in technical development.

Basalt Tech
Team Size:2
Location:San Francisco
Group Partner:Michael Seibel

Active Founders

Maximillian Bhatti

CEO & Co-Founder of Basalt Tech // I was working at Caltech’s fusion lab when I was hired out of highschool by my co-founder Alex. We would spend the next year working together at MIT AeroAstro, and become great friends in the process. Since then, I’ve spent stints at The Aerospace Corporation and SpaceX working on distributed space systems and the American moon landing. Most recently, I dropped out to build Basalt Tech with Alex. My hobbies include hiking and buying infinite whiteboards.

Maximillian Bhatti
Maximillian Bhatti
Basalt Tech

Alex Choi

COO & Co-Founder of Basalt Tech Previously, I worked as an aerospace engineer at the UK M.O.D. and project manager at MIT AeroAstro, leading the development of novel spacecraft missions. Specialties include embedded systems, radios, distributed information systems, and aerothermodynamics. I also worked on a master’s on engineering design with Indigenous communities before leaving to build Basalt. My hobbies include cooking food and playing video games!

Alex Choi
Alex Choi
Basalt Tech

Company Launches


Windows for Spacecraft: Basalt Dispatch

Fig 1. - Dispatch simulation engine based on open source NASA code. The graphics have room for improvement!

Dispatch is the first satellite OS. It provides a common software infrastructure to allows fleets of dissimilar satellites to work together:

  • Tasking: Image geographic areas in visible, infrared, or radar.
  • Radio and Telecom: Manage in-orbit networks and signals intelligence collection.
  • Orbital Security: Monitor and inspect other space assets.

New or external software modules can also easily be integrated, rather than being rewritten for each individual satellite.

There are over 65,000 satellites licensed to be launched by 2030. That’s over $100B of assets whose value comes from the bytes of data they send down. Right now, that data pipeline includes email, whiteboards, and Excel.

Dispatch is here to change that, and bring autonomy into orbit, for every mission.


Flight operations still rely on manual processes and highly custom software. While this is acceptable for single, high-value missions, the need to manage large, flexible satellite fleets challenges that status quo.

Fig 2 - ESA Visualization of active and defunct satellites around Earth.

This type of modular software infrastructure has been implemented in-house before, usually on specific hardware. (Think individual custom OS’s before Windows.)

Right now, there is no solution for space companies or government agencies other than to take on massive in-house development, or scale up their operations staff. This is the story we’ve heard over and over talking to flight directors and CEOs.

The innovation Dispatch brings is its universality - Dispatch allows this functionality to be brought to any space asset out-of-the-box.

Recent Progress

Fig 3 - Alex and Max at the National University of Singapore. We are beginning an effort to revive one of their satellites with our software.

One month ago we wrote our first line of code. Today, after 2 weeks of travel, we have kicked off collaborations with some of the leading space systems institutions around the globe.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
    • Industry presence in MIT AeroAstro’s Space Systems class, which trains the next generation of space engineers.
    • Integration of MIT flight operations applications into OS.
    • Ongoing collaboration with STAR Lab missions.
  • University of Toronto, Canada
    • Project to revive HERON MkII on-orbit.
    • Collaboration on software stacks for HERON and FINCH missions.
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
    • Project to revive Galassia-2 on-orbit.
    • Operations and teaching software for STAR Centre missions and classes.
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
    • Project to revive DISCO-1 on-orbit.
    • Collaboration on operations software integrations for DISCO-2 and 3 missions.

We have a line of university space programs around the world waiting to talk to us, but had to pause for fundraising in San Francisco.

Just a handful of academic space programs function as the source of almost all engineering talent in the space industry. These collaborations are invaluable for our journey towards product-market fit, and provide a platform to gain flight heritage for Basalt.

About Us

In 2020, Alex hired a 17-year old Max to fix broken satellite radios in the back shed of a Los Angeles dentistry.

Over the next few months, the duo would assemble a crack team of engineers in LA and Cambridge to bring MIT’s CubeSat program back to life. Six months later, the completed satellite was being integrated into the rocket for launch.

We have been close friends ever since, and have worked in research, commercial, and government space.


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Interested in how we can help streamline your mission? Set up a meeting.

If you’re in the govt. or commercial space industry, tell us what you’d like to see!

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