So, five days after the launch of Operation Ice Dragon I received a call from a kind fisherman stating he had found the cooler. I couldn’t believe it, he said he would be coming into Port Canaveral the next day, and said if you would like to come pick it up your more than welcome.
So on the 29th of November I drove two hours to Port Canaveral to grab the payload and what was left of the balloon. Below are two shots of the cooler right after popping open the lid, as you can see everything was still right where we left it.
I quickly unloaded the SD Cards from the cameras and the phone and washed them with distilled water. Everything had been drenched in ocean water for the last five days so it was important to get as much of the salt water off them as possible. After a quick washing I placed the cards in a container of rice in hopes of drying out internals. I also removed the wooden trinkets we had placed as souvenirs in the payload and placed them in a separate bag of rice to dry them out.