SpaceX’s first manned flight may take place on May 7

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said last month that he expected the company’s first manned mission to take place in the second quarter of this year or sometime between April and June,media reported. Now Eric Berger, a senior space editor from Ars Technica, shared a more precise time on Twitter Monday — May 7.

SpaceX's first manned flight may take place on May 7

But Berger noted that the launch date remains variable, either by the end of April or until May, depending on hardware-related issues.

Berger said SpaceX has not yet decided when to test the flight.

Nearly a year has passed since SpaceX first put the unmanned capsule into orbit in early March. Last month, the company successfully demonstrated the launch escape capability of a manned Dragon spacecraft. In the last test, the capsule broke away from the Falcon 9 rocket and crashed safely into the ocean.