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
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
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
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.