Elon Musk shows off SpaceX’s tool for building BFR

BFR main body tool
A Tesla Model 3 car is dwarfed by the main body tool for SpaceX’s BFR spaceship. (Elon Musk via Instagram)

To build a big frickin’ spaceship, you need a big frickin’ rack to put it on. And SpaceX has the rack.

The company’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, took to Instagram tonight to show off the main-body construction tool — which is analogous to the turning mandrel tool that Boeing uses as a rack for a 787 composite fuselage while it’s being built up from layers of carbon fiber.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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