Plenty have put in cease and desist orders, and told them to register. The companies have decided they don't have to, and just keep operating. At this point, it's going to take a court to stop them.
Let's get this factually correct at least: USAF awarded United Launch Alliance (ULA), a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed, a no-bid contract on 36 rockets. Of those, some will be an Atlas-V (Lockheed Made) , and some will be a Delta-IV (Boeing made). Only the Atlas uses the Russian made Engine (called an RD-180 over here), the rest of that rocket is made here. The Delta uses an different engine (RS-68), which is made here. This injunction would prevent buying only engines and only for the Atlas first stage.
Nzimmer911 writes "Heavy drinkers outlive non-drinkers according to a 20 years study following 1,824 people. From the article: 'But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that - for reasons that aren't entirely clear - abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.'"
Until they force you to show ID to buy the prepaid phones.
You arse, you do realize that the damned rocket (the thing that actually failed) was NOT - I REPEAT NOT - built by NASA. It was built by Orbital Sciences.
Taurus was probably chosen because it was cheaper than the Delta II (since the satellite didn't need the full capacity of a Delta II), was available, and fit the mission profile. It has had 5 or 6 successful launches, including launches for the Air Force/NRO, so it was a proven vehicle before this. The A-train constellation (which OCO was going to join) is a high inclination orbit (98.2 degrees), so Vandenberg was used for the launch site.