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Defense & Aerospace

Business

Boeing’s woes mounted as a long-awaited launch of its space capsule failed to reach the planned orbit and it emerged that the aerospace giant had ordered its biggest supplier to halt work on the 737 MAX.

Business

The planned acquisition marks the first major deal driven by the Pentagon’s thirst to move hypersonic weapons from development to the battlefield.

National Security

Congress ordered the Commerce Department to examine a loophole in federal law that has allowed China’s government to use U.S.-built satellites to support its police and military, following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal.

China

China’s first home-built aircraft carrier was commissioned into active service by President Xi Jinping at a military base on the edge of the South China Sea, the latest milestone in the country’s effort to become a world-class naval power.

Business

Boeing said it would suspend production of its 737 MAX jetliner, marking an escalation of the crisis facing the giant plane maker that will ripple through the global aerospace industry.

Pro Bankruptcy Bankruptcy

Space-technology company Vector Launch Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, blaming its demise on venture-capital backer Sequoia Capital’s decision not to provide additional funding for its development efforts.

WSJ News Exclusive

Boeing is considering either suspending or cutting back production of the 737 MAX amid growing uncertainty over the troubled plane’s return to service and could disclose a decision as soon as Monday.

National Security

The Pentagon conducted its first flight test of a new land-based ballistic missile in over three decades, since the demise of the 1987 treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear forces.

The Future of Everything

Proponents of ‘digital teleportation’ are working to combine live virtual reality, drones and fast wireless networks to allow people to explore far-flung locales in real-time.

Business

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating alleged production issues at a Boeing factory near Seattle, where the plane maker assembles the 737 MAX.

WSJ News Exclusive

A Japanese contractor is under investigation by U.S. federal authorities for possibly dumping wastewater from American warships into Japanese harbors, in a case that shows the U.S. Navy’s ongoing struggles in overseeing its contractors.

CIO Journal

Aircraft-component maker Moog is testing a combination of blockchain and 3-D printing to speed up the replacement of defective aircraft parts to a few hours from several days or even weeks.

Asia

South Korea will remain in an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, according to a person familiar with the matter, reversing a decision to pull out and easing pressure on a three-way security alliance with the U.S.

China

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday inaugurated a trade fair by saying his government will strive for robust domestic growth to benefit global business activity, messages that come as China’s economy slows and trade tension with the U.S. persists.

WSJ News Exclusive

Erik Prince, a private security contractor and informal adviser to President Trump, is in discussions to purchase a Ukrainian aerospace manufacturer that the U.S. is trying to prevent China from buying.

Asia

North Korea fired two projectiles toward the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s military said, as the country seeks to increase pressure on the U.S. amid stalled nuclear-disarmament talks.