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Kennedy Space Center
Lifting Devices and Equipment Program

DISCLAIMER—This site is intended as a reference tool for the KSC Lifting Devices and Equipment Community. 
Others, including the general public, have access to most links, but it is essential to highlight that links on this site are provided for reference only.   Some links may be outdated.  Others may be inaccessible due to NASA or DoD firewalls. 
It is the user’s responsibility to ensure all referenced documents and guidance reflect the most current revision.

Mobile crane holding Morpheus for testing at KSC

Water bottle test weight


Program Requirements


NASA Standard for Lifting Devices & Equipment


KNPR 8715.3

KSC Safety Practices Procedural Requirements


KNPR 8719.9

Examination and Licensing of KSC Operators of Special and Heavy Equipment, Cranes, and Hoists


KNPR 8715.7  

KSC Construction Contractor Safety and Health Practices Procedural Requirements



User Guide to KNPR 8715.7



ISC(EG&G) Cranes and Lifting Equipment


KSC Critical Lift Determination Process 


Questions or other concerns regarding LDE Program Requirements? Contact your LDEM.  


NASA Lifting Devices & Equipment Managers Contact List





29 CFR 1910.179

Overhead and Gantry Cranes


29 CFR 1910.180

Crawler Locomotive and Truck Cranes


29 CFR 1910.178

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts)


29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC

Cranes and Derricks in Construction


29 CFR 1910.184



OSHA Guidance on Safe Sling Use


ITSDF B56 Consensus Standards  

Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF) Standards for Forklifts and Other Industrial Trucks



Web Sling & Tie Down Association Recommended Standards and Test Methods


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VAB 325 Ton Crane

VAB 325 & 50 Ton Crane hook blocks and VAB 175 Ton Crane Hook block

VAB 175 Ton Crane

Suspended Load Operations

SLOAA Log - Active      SLOAA Log - Inactive

NASA Suspended Load Operations Analyses and Approvals (SLOAA) at KSC and DFRC



JACOBS procedure for processing SLOAA




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KSC List of Non-Load Test Slings

KSC List of Cranes Used for Load Testing

Space Station Processing Facility High Bay

VAB Cranes

LC-39 Heavy Equipment area

Reference Documents & Websites

NASA Technical Standards Program Login

NASA Engineering Network Lessons Learned Search

Technical References:

Wire Rope Technology

Navy Crane Center

USS Wire Rope Engineering Handbook

MatWeb Material Property Data

Engineer's Handbook

CMAA Crane Buyers Guide


Magazines / Articles / Presentations:

Cranes Today Magazine

Hoist Magazine

Crane Tech Newsletter Archive

Crane Corner Newsletter

Maximum Capacity Media




How Wire Rope is Made


Google Crane Accident Videos  

Halo Wire Rope Tensile Tests

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KSC Industrial Area Heavy Equipment Area

KSC Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF)

This site last updated:  25 March 2015 


Contact:  Malcolm Glenn, KSC Lifting Devices and Equipment Manager (LDEM), at or
Alan Alemany, KSC Alternate LDEM, at

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