The proposed lubricants and formulations have applications in terrestrial machinery. They will substantially increase performance, and reduce maintenance costs and frequencies of industrial transportation and construction systems. The compounds will also be valuable in gyroscope bearings on board satellites. The Mars Science Laboratory program will use a rover to determine if the planet could sustain microbial life and is habitable. Aquarius, another mission to be initiated in 2011, will use a satellite to measure the earth's global sea surface salinity in varied climates.
The proposed lubricants and formulations will have direct applications to NASA aerospace systems that require minimal/no maintenance over extended periods of time. These systems include rovers and machinery used in constructing the lunar habitat. The compounds will provide lower volatility, decreased wear effects, and better tribological characteristics than those of standard liquid lubricants that are currently used, particularly at lower temperatures.