hypergolic fuel


Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

hypergolic fuel

Fuel which will spontaneously ignite with an oxidizer, such as aniline with fuming nitric acid. It is used as the propulsion agent in certain missile systems.
References in periodicals archive ?
It is suggested that the hypergolic fuel remaining in the tanks fuel must have leaked prior to its combustion which likely provided the medium in which the comet-like structure was produced.
This building was originally a hypergolic fuel manufacturing and loading facility.
The rocket engines and thrusters used on the command and service modules, and on the lunar module used the hypergolic fuel monomethyl hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide, which will ignite spontaneously upon mixing.