The broadcaster noted that the vessel would track the flight of manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11, which is expected to be launched in October 2016 and dock with China's orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 with two astronauts on board. The astronauts will be capable to work at the Tiangong-2 for up to 30 days.
The launch of Tiangong-2 is planned for the fall. The module set to replace the Tiangong-1 prototype, which has been in orbit since 2011.
In early January, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said that Beijing will conduct over 20 space missions in 2016, including the launch of a manned spacecraft.