After separating from its carrier rocket, Kosmos 36 was in a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 253 kilometres (157 mi), an apogee of 476 kilometres (296 mi), 49.0 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.83 minutes. It decayed from orbit on 28 February 1965. Kosmos 36 was the first of seventy nine DS-P1-Yu satellites to be launched, of which all but seven were successful. The next launch of a DS-P1-Yu satellite, on 12 February 1965, failed due to a second stage malfunction.
Payloads are separated by bullets ( · ), launches by pipes ( | ). Manned flights are indicated in bold text. Uncatalogued launch failures are listed in italics. Payloads deployed from other spacecraft are denoted in brackets.