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Balloon Museum Pod Racing

FPV Drone Racing and More!

Where Excitement, Innovation, and Achievement Meet!

In cooperation with the local MultiGP FPV chapter, Southwest Pod Racing (SWPR), the Balloon Museum is pleased to host monthly FPV drone racing events. Visit our Events Calendar for upcoming race dates.

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Human aviation began with ballooning, and today, a new form of innovative flight – drones -- is taking off, and their popularity and purposes are increasing every day. At the Balloon Museum, our mission is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement, so we are pleased to present an exciting aspect of drone flight. First-Person-View (FPV) drone racing is a worldwide air sport, and through the Balloon Museum Pod Racing (BMPR) series, spectators will now be able to experience it in Albuquerque!

Inspired by the origin of SWPR's name, we call our series Balloon Museum Pod Racing. BMPR is an exciting, unique, and high-performance air sport experience for all ages. These events include racing, live video feeds, hands-on simulators, educational demonstrations, entry to the museum's exhibitions, and much more!

Balloon Museum Pod Racing Series Sponsor Opportunities

Join us in bringing this air sport to Albuquerque while increasing your company's brand recognition and public awareness of your community support through a variety of event sponsor opportunities.

What is FPV Drone Racing?

Drone Racers

Drone racing is highly competitive and thrilling to watch. Pilots fly quad-copter drones through gates and around flags or other obstacles at high speed. The drones are agile and fast, and pilots steer them by wearing first-person view (FPV) goggles that display a live video image transmitted from the drone itself.

Mark Your Calendars

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Please note the following BMPR event dates through 2018:

  • BMPR 2 -- Sunday, June 17, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
  • BMPR 3 -- Sunday, July 15, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
  • BMPR 4 -- Sunday, August 19, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
  • BMPR 5 -- Sunday, September 16, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
  • BMPR 6 -- Sunday, October 21, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
  • BMPR 7 -- Sunday, November 18, Hours TBD
  • BMPR 8 -- Sunday, December 16, Hours TBD

General public admission to a BMPR event is included with payment of your museum admission fee. Attend for free by becoming a member of the Balloon Museum!

Racers: Be an OctoPal with Octo-Pass

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The Octo-Pass provides racers with eight BMPR-related benefits, and enrollment fees help to directly fund the BMPR series. Your support is greatly appreciated! For an annual fee of $80 per person, Octo-Pass holders receive:

  • Free practice sessions and rallies at the Balloon Museum. Currently, these dates are weekly, Tuesday through Friday, and on Sundays. Please note, some of these dates are subject to cancellation due to museum events. Without an Octo-Pass, regular museum admission fees must be paid upon entry for practice and rally dates.
  • Enjoy free admission to the museum for you and up to two guests on practice dates and at BMPR events.
  • Discounted registration fees for BMPR races. Paid upon check-in on BMPR race days, your registration fee will be discounted. Look for rates and discounts when registering in advance for a specific race.
  • Complimentary lunch at each BMPR event. You gotta eat. At BMPR races, receive a voucher at check-in for a complimentary lunch and beverage from our featured Food Truck.
  • Souvenir BMPR T-shirt. Upon purchasing your Octo-Pass, receive a BMPR t-shirt in your choice of size.
  • 10% Museum Shoppe Discount. Unique gifts and souvenirs for you or anyone on your shopping list.
  • Handy Tote Bag. Both functional and sporty, this tote will help you on race days or any day you need to carry more than your hands can hold. And, it's emblazoned with our Octo-Pass logo!
  • Acknowledgement of your Support. In each BMPR program, you will be listed as someone who makes this series possible. Thank you from all of us at SWPR and the Balloon Museum!
  • Yes, sign me up! Click here to purchase your Octo-Pass. [Note: Link coming soon!]

Racers: AMA Membership Required

Drone Racers

The Balloon Museum requires any drone pilot flying on museum grounds (for practice and racing) to have an Academy of Model Aeronautics Membership (AMA) to ensure you and your fellow pilots have a mutual respect for safety, and are covered by AMA member insurance.

Click here to join the AMA. "Park Pilot" is the minimum level required. Your AMA membership card will need to be presented to museum staff or race officials on site in order for us to permit you to fly. Thank you for your cooperation.