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Once we (i.e. the public) gets access to more powerful lasers, we need these drones to practice on! And we need we pages describing where the different models are most vulnurable to beam attacks. I guess that it won't take long before have access to tracking software that can automatically orient the beam to the sensitive spot, once we got the high-power beams.
I don't expect the high-power beams to be legal in very many countries. But I would guess that at least half of the high power laser guns in this country are highly illegal already. Getting similar stuff that does not provide a continous beam but sends away all the energy in a single, short blast, would do the trick. For home purposes, we can live with a recharge time of quite a few seconds, even minutes. (I understand that for military purposes, the long recharge time is an issue, but they require blasts of at least a magnitude or three larger than that required to take down an amateur drone.)
In Canada/Kanada, we used to have a rule that you only needed a drone pilot license if you flew the drone for profit or commercially. The rules were changed last month, after the same UK F'Wits incident and now, "All pilots of drones that weigh between 250 g and 25 kg must get a drone pilot certificate." New rules for drones in Canada - Transport Canada[^]
I'm not too close to an airport, but near a spaceport.NOt sure what the rules about spaceports might be. I'd guess about the same as airports.
I'm thinking that what I really need is a rocket-powered drone to use at the spaceport.
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