Giant Leap

Bloomberg’s Giant Leap investigates our future business ventures in space, as we draw ever closer to privatizing our cosmos.

The series takes us on a voyage to explore our futuristic plans to colonize space, how space industry will be built and the industrial revolution that follows.

Episode 1: Launch

Episode 1: Launch

Episode one details our starting grounds for business in space.

In the not-too-distant future, entirely new industries will be developed in space. But for these endeavors to be viable, we need to first get the necessary tools into orbit.

That’s where one of the most crowded new sectors has developed. More than 100 privately-backed launch companies are in fierce competition to get payloads into space as fast, often and cheaply as possible.

Episode 2: Shelter

Episode 2: Shelter

Once we’ve left Earth, how do we stay in space permanently? Episode two deals with our unavoidable means to create permanent homes outside our globe.

Over the past few decades, the International Space Station has allowed astronauts to live, work and conduct research in microgravity.

But with the station’s planned retirement by 2030, private companies are being asked to create the next generation of space habitat.

Episode 3: Manufacturing

Episode 3: Manufacturing

Once we are proficient with space flight and have taken up permanent residence in space, it’s time to set up industries for space business.

As we dig into episode three, we’ll take a look at how business plans to start space industries.

Private companies are leading the charge toward this next gold rush.

But can they turn low Earth orbit into a home for the next industrial revolution?

Episode 4: Mining

Episode 4: Mining

There are millions of asteroids in our solar system. Because some are full of materials that are rare on Earth, they have been valued at stupendous amounts.

But the most valuable resource in space may be something that’s abundant back on the ground.

As episode four unfolds, it asks how private space companies would try to tackle space mining.

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Giant Leap
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  • Release date2019
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Tom Connors
  • Production companyBloomberg