Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for April
M T W T F S S
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Red Bull Stratos was PR that yielded little for science or sport

The Red Bull Stratos project may have attracted a record number of viewers but it failed to deliver much of real scientific value, according to experts.

Even scientists working in extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner's hometown of Salzburg who carefully followed the project said that from a scientific point of view it delivered nothing.

In Austria the jump attracted the same number of visitors on TV as watched the Natasha Kampusch interview which was the most viewed ever TV broadcast in the country's history - with over 2 million viewers.

As well as unofficially breaking three world records, experts say that the marketing success the project was not arguable – but from a scientific point of view there was little if nothing that had been gained.

Physicist Werner Hofmann from the University of Salzburg said: "The study of physics had nothing to learn from this experiment."

Even Austria's only astronaut Franz Viehboeck, 52, who spent a week in space on board the Soyuz space station, said he doubted that there was a advantage to space travel to be had from the stunt.

Viehboeck became famous because his wife gave birth to their baby Carina while he was on the mission - and said that he had been asked to do some of the commentary for the stunt - but he declined because he was not in the country at the time.

The Stratos team had frequently referred to the scientific advantages of their project, but he said that the two were not comparable.

He said: "As a spacemen you enter the atmosphere in a craft which has a speed of around 28,000kph. As you begin to brake it generates enormous amounts of strain. In contrast Baumgartner jumped from a height of 38 kilometers out of the capsule and went from a speed of nothing up to close to 800kph. These two things don't have anything with each other to do. Even the suggestion of a benefit for possible space tourism as being organised by virgin Galactic is unlikely.

He added: "I have seen that some people have compared this with the landing on the moon but from a technical point of view you absolutely can't compare them. What Felix did was a one-man show. There was a lot of PR behind it and although I have absolute respect for his courage and I would never have done it – I don't see any point in it. It didn't have anything to do with science.

"Astronauts who are coming in for a landing are lying down and strapped in, and have to undergo enormous G forces from the braking of the craft. Even the plasma glass around the spacecraft starts to burn. With a temperature of 1000°C flammable pieces of the craft start to break off. Only the thick insulation protects the main body of the craft. In a situation like that I cannot imagine anybody exiting the craft."

He said the problem areas that really needed to deal with for space travel were take off, landing and manoeuvring between for example the spacecraft and the space station. He said: "If something were to to go wrong it would probably be at this point and not anywhere else."

Even sports expert Erich Müller from University of Salzburg rejected the suggestion that the stunt was an extreme sport.

He said: "In the true sense of the word it was not an extreme sport. It was an extreme situation that was very well calculated and therefore had a carefully calculated race included.

"It was technically extremely well-prepared and very professionally organised – and the work that went into the project was fantastic. But if we are talking about a first-class effort in any sphere than it was a first-class effort in marketing."

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
Salzburg  space  spacecraft  Stratos  view  landing  experts  Viehboeck  University  sport  effort  ndash  calculated  extreme  astronaut  Bull  breaking  marketing  craft  stunt

Latest News

 

Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.

Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.

Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.

Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.

First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.

Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.

Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.

Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.

Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!

Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers