These days even elementary student groups and small organizations are building CubeSats and seeing them go into orbit. If you are not up to building and launching a working spacecraft yourself, here are the directions for assembling a LEGO model of the Dove earth imaging CubeSat developed by the company Planet of Silicon Valley:  Planet Labs Dove – Instructions, Parts List, Options

Custom built LEGO model of the Planet Dove 3U CubeSat

The history of the project can be found in the blog posts by Scott Moore, Jr. at LEGO Designs.

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