KSC Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program

Kennedy Space Center’s

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program

KSC Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program
KSC Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program

What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is an automated machine that, when appropriately attached to a victim’s chest, “reads / analyzes” a person’s heart rhythm to determine if that rhythm is of a form that may respond to an electrical shock. If the AED senses the appropriate abnormal heart rhythm, the AED informs the user to deliver an electric shock to the victim. This electrical shock can convert an abnormal heart rhythm to a normal heart rhythm.

An AED is intended to be applied on a victim that is unresponsive, not breathing or with no signs of circulation.

To use an automated external defibrillator as part of the KSC Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program, your AED should be located in a centralized location and be supported by certified CPR / AED trained individuals ready to respond should the need arise.


For NASA purchased AEDs, please reach out to Stephen Pilkenton and Scott Praetorius for AED CHECK tags.

AED Policy

KSC AED Program Policy

The Kennedy National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Procedural
Requirements (KNPR) document containing the requirements for implementing Occupational Medicine Programs.

AED Program FAQs

KSC AED Program FAQs

Questions/answers and clarifications concerning the operation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at KSC.

Good Samaritan Act

Any person, including those licensed to practice medicine, who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment either in direct response to emergency situations related to and arising out of a public health emergency.

AED Reference Manual

Philips Medical AED Reference Manual

information that applies to the model M5066A HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator with technical content apply to all models in the HeartStart HS1 family of defibrillators, including the HeartStart, the HeartStart OnSite, and the HeartStart Home defibrillator.

AED Guidelines

2020 CPR / AED Guidelines

Guidelines based on the most current and comprehensive review of resuscitation science, systems, protocols, and education.

Installation Guidelines

AED Wall Cabinet Installation Guidelines

A guide presenting an overview of the installation and operation of your cabinet. Please read it thoroughly before mounting the cabinet or programming the alarm.