In 2016, the recent development in the field of discharge control with laser and high-power fs lasers motivated us to apply for a FET OPENgrant in 2016 to develop a high-power high repetition ultrashort laser for lightning control. Started in 2017, the goal of the Laser Lightning Rod (LLR) project is to investigate and develop a new type of lightning protection based on the use of upward lightning discharges initiated through a high-repetition-rate multi-terawatt laser. The project is a collaboration between LOA-ILM, J.-P. Wolf at Université de Genève, F. Rachidi at EPFL, M. Rubinstein at HES-SO, as well as laser company Trumpf Scientific Lasers, and aerospatial company Ariane group. The feasibility of the novel technique is also based on cutting-edge high-power laser technology and on the availability of the Säntis lightning measurement station in Northeastern Switzerland, located at an altitude of 2 500 meter. A low-density channel created by the 1 J, 1 kHz, 700 fs laser will operate by promoting the initiation of upward discharges to preemptively transfer cloud charges to the ground.