The upcoming Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) has provided motivation for upgrading
the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at the McDonald Observatory. This upgrade includes an increase in
the field-of-view to accommodate the new and revolutionary Visible Integral-field Replicable Unit Spectrograph
(VIRUS). VIRUS is the instrument designed to conduct the HETDEX survey and consists of 150 individual
integral-field spectrographs fed by 33,600 total optical fibers covering the 22 arc-minute field-of-view of the
upgraded HET. The spectrographs are mounted in four enclosures, each 6.0×3.0×1.4 meters in size. Each
spectrograph contains a CCD detector that must be cryogenically cooled, presenting an interesting cryogenic
and vacuum challenge within the distribution system. In this paper, we review the proposed vacuum jacketed,
thermal siphon, liquid nitrogen distribution system used to cool the array of detectors and discuss recent developments.
We focus on the design, prototyping, and testing of a novel "make-break" thermal connector, built
from a modified cryogenic bayonet, that is used to quickly detach a single spectrograph pair from the system.