This sounds like something that would be useful for a mission to mars to terraform it.
I have to wonder
.. what is so difficult about getting a court order to get it shut down? I wouldn't want them to be able to just shut a site down without due process unless there was some sinister life and death situation. If they have evidence to prove of illegal activity then they should have evidence to get the court order to shut it down.
What I am trying to suggest is to use existing rockets as they are, unless they really need to carry that extra weight. couldn't they divide up the cargo into multiple launch vehicles and get the same effect?
If I read this correctly, it seemed to imply that the Ares V heavy lift vehicle will be continued. for what purpose does that do? we have Delta heavy rocket already, is that not "heavy" enough for you? You can take your pick of already existing rocket systems. unless there is something terribly wrong with these existing rocket designs then why spend all that money to reinvent the wheel? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Delta_rocket_evolution.png
Miami public school system has had the PIN code system for cafeteria purchases since 1990 at least.
I would install Folding@Home on all the hardware I had if it were me in your situation.
I don't know about the specifics of analyzing radio waves to search for intelligible communication, but I can suggest one thing. The Kepler telescope set out to hunt for earth-like planets that may contain life. The SETI project as far as I can tell is scanning every part of the sky without discrimination. I suggest that Kepler and SETI team up so that when Kepler finds a planet that is capable of supporting intelligent life, SETI will point its telescopes to it and then run whatever algorithms you have to analyze the radio signals if there are any from that planet. This current method of scanning arbitrary locations in the sky sounds like it could be wasted effort when you don't know what it is you are pointing the radio telescopes at.