It was shuttle day one Wednesday morning on “Nemesis” and the script called for the Argo, a new atmospheric based cargo shuttle specifically designed to carry the other Argo that had wheels. In past versions, any shuttle that had wings had them telescope into the body. I always hated this idea because it seemed that once extended they wouldn’t have any strength, and when retracted, where did they go. This prompted a new idea where the wings were hinged on the exterior of the ship so when closed simply merged with the aesthetics of the ship exterior and when deployed added the flight surfaces needed to maneuver as a plane and not a vertol.
Here are both the opened and closed versions of the ship in drawing form and one from Digital Domain featuring the finished CG model in flight.