A connector retainer and mounting system has been designed to replace screw-mounting of Winchester connectors. Countersunk screws are normally used to secure connectors to structures, and to keep them from coming apart. These screws are normally put into threaded or through-holes in metallic structures. This unique retainer is designed such that integral posts keep the connector halves retained, and a groove permits a cable tie to be fastened
around the retainer and composite tube, thus securing the connector to the structure.
This work was done by James Pontius and Douglas McGuffey of Goddard Space Flight Center. GSC-16028-1