PITTSFIELD — About $200,000 could be in store for an aerospace testing facility planned for the Berkshire Innovation Center.

In an incentives proposal before City Council on Tuesday, Mayor Linda Tyer proposed spending $140,000 from the city's Economic Development Fund to subsidize an initial $600,000 investment by Electro Magnetic Applications, or EMA, which plans to install an extraterrestrial simulator at the city's new innovation hub.

She also proposed forgiving $65,774 in personal property taxes over the first five years of the facility's operation.

"This globally recognized company has the potential to establish the City and BIC as a hub in the emerging space industry," she said in a letter to councilors.

Councilors voted during their Tuesday meeting to refer the matter to the Community and Economic Development Committee, which is scheduled to review the plan at 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

EMA plans to create six new jobs with average salaries of $60,000 per year.

"We are actively encouraging EMA to locate at the BIC, and have structured our proposed funding to incentivize this relationship," Community Development Director Deanna Ruffer said in the proposal.

The city would disburse $20,000 of the proposed $140,000 in economic development funds once EMA becomes a tenant of the BIC. The city would forgive $65,774 in taxes, while EMA would otherwise be on the hook for $103,727 over its first five years in operation.

The company was founded in 1977 and is based in Lakewood, Colo. It has worked on projects for NASA contractors and private industry, according to the city's proposal, and its gross revenues reached beyond $3 million last year.

The project will provide those in the space industry — including satellite and rocket manufacturers, systems designers and materials developers — the chance to test equipment in space-like conditions, according to a packet of background material prepared by the mayor's office. The documents say the chamber would move at market speeds, and the testing capabilities could catalyze the commercial exploration of space.

"This will fill a tremendous hole in the industry," EMA states in the documents.

The new chamber will incorporate the entirety of the spacecraft charging environment into a single chamber, including high-energy protons, radiation sources, plasmas, and the ability to measure critical material parameters in these environments.

"No test facility in the world has all these capabilities, let alone in a single test chamber," EMA states in documents within the proposal.

The market potential is "vast," say EMA leaders.

EMA already consults on many of the industry's largest space programs, and does work with SpaceX, Blue Origin and SNC, the proposal says.

The company plans to expand beyond the testing facility into the William Stanley Business Park, creating more jobs in the process. Senior scientists with EMA also anticipate the facility will make Pittsfield internationally known in the field of space effects testing.

Their work could spur other companies to locate here, city leaders say, and visitors will travel far to see the testing in action.

"These visitors provide a secondary benefit to the city's and region's economy," Ruffer said in the proposal.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.