Space Explored

Starship 20 loses thermal protection tiles with header tank vent

By Derek Wise

September 27, 2021

The current tiles and attachment system seem prone to cracking and falling off, which won’t work if Starship 20, and future Starships, are to survive reentry.

This week, during a test of the vehicle's header tank, many tiles on Ship 20 flew off and hit the ground.

Hopefully, these issues will be fixed in the future as Starship 20 gets closer to being able to launch.