It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our colleague André Motet, honorary member of Section 2 and co-President of the Defense Commission of the Academy from 2002 to 2008.

André Motet, former Deputy Director of Aerospatiale’s Strategic Systems Division, was a renowned engineer and an emblematic figure in the French aerospace industry.

During his career, André Motet has made outstanding contributions to the aerospace industry and national defence, with notable achievements in the fields of propulsion, missile systems and space launch vehicles. He has received numerous distinctions, including the Legion of Honor, the National Order of Merit and the Aeronautical Medal.

His passing is a great loss for the French aerospace industry and for all those who knew and appreciated him.

The Academy extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.

A tribute was paid to him during the session of June 15, 2023.