U.S. Space Shuttles underwent considerable post-processing after each flight. Gases, liquids, and payloads were removed; engines were refurbished; thermal tiles were repaired; and everything was thoroughly inspected. There were many buildings where these tasks were performed, including the Orbiter Processing Facility and the Main Engine Processing Facility.
Buran was a similar reusable spacecraft built by the Soviet Union. What plans were there to prepare Buran for the next mission? For example, were there any buildings or procedures created (even if partially) to get ready for the next flight?
- Were there problems with the Russian Buran space shuttle's reusability? (describes the condition of Buran after flight)