Dipl. Ing. Franz A. Viehböck




Advisor of Technologies


After graduating from the Technical University in Vienna as a „Diplom Engineer“ for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MSEE), Franz worked as an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Electrical Measurements at that University. His research field was High Speed Analog and Digital Electronics.

Shortly before finishing his Ph.D., Franz was selected to become a Cosmonaut and began a two-year training program in the Russian „Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center“. He trained for the joint Austrian-Soviet Mission „Austromir“.

After the space flight (October 2 through 10, 1991), he was given a two-year contract from the Austrian government to tour the country, giving lectures relative to his flight experiences and continue work on the scientific experiments.

In early 1994, Franz accepted a position with Rockwell Space Systems Division as a Program Development Manager for joint international programs with emphasis on aerospace companies from Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Shortly after Boeing acquired the former Rockwell Aerospace and Defense group, Franz became Director of International Business Development for Boeing North American, INC.- Space Systems Division.

In July 1997 he accepted a position to support, coordinate an direct the International Business Development for Boeing’s newly formed Space System Business unit as Director, International Programs.

In support of Boeing’s vision to become a Global Company he got the assignment in June 1999 as European representative for Boeing’s Space & Communications Group and Country Director for the Boeing Company in Austria.

In March 2000, in addition to his activities with Boeing, he became Technology Adviser for the Governor of Lower Austria. In this function he developed a strategy to boost the development of technologies in the region.

After eigth successful years with an American Company, Franz Viehböck took a new challenge and accepted the position of the President of Berndorf Band GesmbH & Co in Austria. This company is part of the Berndorf Corporation, and is a world leader in the production of endless steel belts.

January 2008 was marked with another change in his career - Franz Viehböck was promoted to become a member of the Management Board of the Berndorf Corporation.

In October 2009, the International Astronomical Union and the Minor Planet Center (MPC, Harvard University Cambridge, USA) named the minor planet 214911 after him - VIEHBOECK.

In his free time, Franz enjoys playing piano, traveling with the family or simply meeting his friends. His favorite sports include mountain and water skiing, swimming, water-polo and tennis.



Member of the Board of ASE (Association of Space Explorers)
Member of International Academy of Astronautics
Member of the Association of Innovative Electronic Engineers of Lower Austria

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