The TRACERS science addresses key research areas under the NASA Heliophysics Program as identified by:
- NRC Decadal Survey Critical Science Goals: Understanding Fundamental Processes and Dynamics and Coupling of the Earth’s Magnetosphere.
- NASA Heliophysics Science and Technology Roadmap for 2014-2033, Our Dynamic Space Environment:
-Solve the Fundamental Mysteries of Heliophysics
-Understand magnetic reconnection
-Understand the plasma processes that accelerate and transport particles and Understand the Nature of Our Home Planet
-Understand the coupling of the Earth’s magnetosphere-ionosphere/atmosphere system, and its response to external and internal forcing.