Paul Planeix (S2020) has received the Mayoux-Dauriac Award from the ISAE-SUPAERO ENSICA Alumni Association. This prize recognizes engineering students in the final year of the ISAE-SUPAERO engineering course for their practical achievements during their studies and the various internships carried out, in keeping with the wishes of Maurice Mayoux. (S 1924).
The €3,000 Second Prize for 2020 went to Paul Planeix for his drone project, “Search & Rescue”. Development of a flight simulation environment / contributions to de Guidance, Navigation and Control systems at Zipline International.
Paul has worked on many scientific projects in a wide variety of fields during his engineering studies.
A member of the CubeSat association, he contributed to the construction of a 1:1 scale model of the MONA nanosatellite. His studies at ISAE-SUPAERO also enabled him to qualify a drone navigation system and to take his first steps in research through an exoskeleton control project. This research project, based on Machine Learning methods, was carried out with the Enorev’ association, the goal being to help children suffering from cerebral palsy.
While working on his double degree at Stanford University, Paul built an aircraft using a search and rescue scenario that was totally autonomous from takeoff to landing.
Paul then managed to join Zipline, at the time still a young startup in Silicon Valley specialized in robotics. He had an internship there with the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) team, which only had two members at the time. He contributed to the development of a drone simulation environment and to GN&C systems.
Today, Zipline operates the first and largest drone delivery system in the world in Rwanda, Ghana and the United States, providing a solution to the problem of the last mile in the healthcare field. This solution saves lives by providing maximum availability of essential medical products while reducing waste and maintaining the cold chain.
Paul has continued to contribute to the Zipline mission since 2020 through the skills he acquired at ISAE-SUPAERO and Stanford as an engineer.
Paul Planeix received the award for the variety, the excellence of his educational background and the practical achievements that brought him into the startup ecosystem.
The Mayoux-Dauriac Award is given in recognition of the use of knowledge acquired at the School in the exercise of one of the various facets of the engineering profession, and for the utility of the projects undertaken to industry and services with a positive economic balance.