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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 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 and unique air sport spectator 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!

What is FPV Drone Racing?

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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:

General public spectator 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: BMPR Pod Pass Offers Great Benefits

The BMPR Pod Pass (formerly Octo-Pass) provides racers with great benefits and discounts, and enrollment fees also help to directly fund the BMPR series. Your support is greatly appreciated! For an annual fee of $80 per person, Pod 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 a Pod Pass, regular museum admission fees must be paid upon entry for practice and rally dates.
  • Enjoy free admission to the museum for up to two of your 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. Receive an official 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.
  • 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 BMPR Pod Pass (formerly Octo-Pass).

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.

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.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of BMPR:

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