rickshaw said:My question is, why didn't it lead to bigger, brighter things, if it worked?
LowObservable said:To paraphrase Ron White, the range is probably just about enough to get you to the crash site.
The project began in December 1972 when the USMC negotiated the contract and supplied the company with the helicopter; Garrett identified itself with this high-risk venture by providing the engine. A similar contract was awarded to Williams Research for its Wasp (Williams Aerial Systems Platform)
I understand these were two different developments, for different customers and in different time frames but both part of a series of Williams projects. WASP=STAMP was for USMC, the X-Jet was WASP II and was for US Army. So, except for being part of Williams' WASP programme, there was no connections between the two. There may even have been further designs in the WASP seriers.Stargazer2006 said:In the same way that the STAMP demonstrator was very different from the planned product, the Williams WASP demonstrator (also called the X-Jet) was also a far cry from the artist's concept... at least from an aesthetic viewpoint!