A staging area
is a location where organisms, people, vehicles, equipment or material are assembled prior to their use.
Definition and usage
A staging area is a designated area where vehicles, supplies, and construction equipment are positioned for access and use to a construction site.
The resting and feeding places of a bird on its way to the south in autumn are referred to as staging areas.
Staging areas are an area designated for setting up parades and other elaborate presentations.
Staging areas are used in databases as a place where to store temporary data for import. By filling this staging tables with import data you can check and alter this data before committing it to the final production datatables.
In the military
In military uses, a staging area is a place where troops or equipment in transit are assembled or processed. Often and historically this military staging area has been termed a point d'appui. Unlike normal bases, the facilities of a staging area are temporary, mainly because for a certain time it will hold much more troops and material than would be reasonable in peacetime.
Militaries use staging areas to deploy military units, aircraft and warships plus their materiel ahead of an attack or invasion. In former times this used to be generally the border area of one's own country, but in recent wars (Gulf War, Kosovo War, Iraq War) it may also be the border area of another unrelated country granting access.
In space exploration
In space exploration, the area where final assembly is done on space vehicles
before they are moved out to their launch pad